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Populaire (2012)

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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)
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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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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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

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6 September 2013 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

The golf-ball shaped Selectric element drawn by Louis and shown at the end of the movie was patented by Leon E Palmer of IBM in 1957. Leon was not French, the rounded shaped was indeed his idea, and he even patented 19 other items for the Selectric. See more »

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When Louis smashes the record playing "Le tango des illusions", it shatters as a 78 rpm shellac record. The label features a variant of Columbia Records' "Magic Notes" design as a 12-inch record. However, Jacqueline Boyer's "Le tango des illusions" was never released as a 78. The song was issued in France in 1962 by Columbia Records as part of a vinyl 7-inch EP under "Le pont vers le soleil". 78s had largely been phased out by 1960. See more »

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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pearl of Ceylon
Performed and written by Les Baxter
Phonogram 1957: Public Domain except for US, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Australia
Copyright Bax Music Company
Courtesy of Budde Music France and EMI Music France
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Sweet but not too sweet
20 February 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The last time I went to the movies was for Avatar but walking through yet another snowstorm in Montréal I decided I was up for a light and colourful movie, and didn't care much what the story was about. So Populaire was a pleasant surprise as the premise is fresh and interesting. It's the story of a young and pretty typist so fast on her typewriter that her boss challenges her to win a few typing competitions. So it's like every sports film with the bonus of a love story. The third act is a bit unnecessary and repetitive but the movie is quite adept at walking the fine line between stylish and kitsch. Plus, in it's subtle way, Populaire shows us what it was probably like to be a working girl in the late fifties. The movie works best when focusing on the relationship between the two leads. They are quite charming ( if I were a girl I would sure paint my nails the way she does !). Better than the poor box-office in France led me to believe.


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