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1958. Rose is a terrible secretary but a demon typist. Her handsome boss resolves to turn her into the fastest girl in the world.

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Louis Échard
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Bob Taylor
Mélanie Bernier ...
Annie Leprince-Ringuet
Nicolas Bedos ...
Gilbert Japy
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Madeleine Échard (as Miou Miou)
Eddy Mitchell ...
Georges Échard
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Jean Pamphyle
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André Japy
Marius Colucci ...
Lucien Échard
Emeline Bayart ...
Jacqueline Échard
Dominique Reymond ...
Madame Shorofsky
Yannik Landrein ...
Léonard Echard
Nastassja Girard ...
Evelyne Échard (as Nastassia Girard)
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Spring, 1958. 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that's not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift - she can type at extraordinary speed. Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she'll have to compete in a speed typing competition. Whatever sacrifices Rose must make to reach the top, Louis declares himself her trainer. He'll turn her into the fastest girl not only in the country, but in the world! But a love of sport doesn't always mix well with love itself ... Written by The Weinstein Company

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Budget:

€13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,690 (USA) (6 September 2013)

Gross:

$175,256 (USA) (18 October 2013)
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Although Saint-Fraimbault (a real existing village in Normandy, France) is mentioned in the movie as Rose's hometown, it is Bacilly (also a small village in Lower Normandy) where the actual filming took place of her home and father's grocery store. See more »

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Endearing comic love story
1 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If it weren't for the very specific year during which the action in this movie is set, the perfect music for this would have been 10cc's 'I'm Not in Love' - Of course Louis is in love, and only he doesn't realise it. You can forgive him, after all, this is post second world war and he has lost too many meaningful people to want to risk another loss. Rose has perfect visceral understanding of the feelings of those around her. She's also a super-fast one finger typist. We 21st century equivalents may have super-fast thumbs instead. The period feel, superb costumes and believable dialogue make this a very satisfying production. Not sure about the brief bedroom scene that doesn't belong here. Fancy a good, uplifting entertainment, choose this!


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