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The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)

Les demoiselles de Rochefort (original title)
Two sisters leave their small seaside town of Rochefort in search of romance. Hired as carnival singers, one falls for an American musician, while the other must search for her ideal partner.




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Leslie North ...
Patrick Jeantet ...
Boubou Garnier
Andy Miller
Yvonne Garnier
René Pascal ...
Pépé (as René Bazart)


Delphine and Solange are two sisters living in Rochefort. Delphine is a dancing teacher and Solange composes and teaches the piano. Maxence is a poet and a painter. He is doing his military service. Simon owns a music shop, he left Paris once month ago to come back where he fell in love 10 years ago. They are looking for love, looking for each other, without being aware that their ideal partner is very close... A film whose scenario is much less important than its feeling of euphory, according to the director Jacques Demy. Written by Yepok

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Release Date:

11 April 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Young Girls of Rochefort  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,907 (USA) (14 August 1998)


$88,463 (USA) (25 September 1998)

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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In some scenes Gene Kelly's voice is dubbed, while in others it's not. See more »


In the dance sequences when Andy first arrives, the dancers are in full sun in the street but by the end the shadows have almost covered the entire width of the street. See more »


[first lines]
[in French, using English subtitles]
Bill: Set up here?
Etienne: OK.
Bill: OK.
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De Delphine à Lancien
Written by Michel Legrand
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France /BMG Publishing
Performed by Catherine Deneuve (dubbed by Anne Germain) and Jacques Riberolles (dubbed by Jean Stout)
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Double your pleasure
5 January 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film often suffers by comparison to The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, and unfairly so in my opinion. Because it is more upbeat, and delights directly in its status as an entertainment, it is perceived as less "serious", (i.e. lacking in intellectual rigor.) However, it shares all of the virtues of its more celebrated sister film without the heavier taste of melancholy and I think Les Demoiselles is dancier. Even the basketball players are choreographed. The iterations of the twins' song are especially fun.

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