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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.

Director:

Régis Roinsard

Writers:

Régis Roinsard (scenario), Daniel Presley (scenario) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Louis Échard
Déborah François ... Rose Pamphyle
Bérénice Bejo ... Marie Taylor
Shaun Benson ... Bob Taylor
Mélanie Bernier ... Annie Leprince-Ringuet
Nicolas Bedos Nicolas Bedos ... Gilbert Japy
Miou-Miou ... Madeleine Échard (as Miou Miou)
Eddy Mitchell ... Georges Échard
Frédéric Pierrot ... Jean Pamphyle
Féodor Atkine ... André Japy
Marius Colucci Marius Colucci ... Lucien Échard
Emeline Bayart Emeline Bayart ... Jacqueline Échard
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... Madame Shorofsky
Yannik Landrein Yannik Landrein ... Léonard Echard
Nastassja Girard Nastassja Girard ... Evelyne Échard (as Nastassia Girard)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

6 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Datilógrafa See more »

Filming Locations:

4 Rue du Lerre, Bacilly, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,690, 6 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$175,256, 18 October 2013
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie features a business machines company named "ICM"; they couldn't use "IBM" real name. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Rose Pamphyle: I may be a "klutz," but not a cripple!
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Connections

References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Girl on the Calendar
Written and performed by Clive Richardson
Phonogram and Copyright Chappell Recorded Music Library Ltd
Courtesy of Universal Publishing Production Music France
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A very fresh and enjoyable romantic comedy !
22 August 2013 | by Rold-IckamSee all my reviews

Populaire is the shiny pearl type of movie. Simple enough to be worn regularly and noticeable enough to be more than a touch of color. The typical 50's pastel and soft colors are everywhere in the movie, except when the tone of the story turns less glamour and kitsch to become more intimate. Then the colors turn brighter, sharper and more intense... following the scene moods.

I had no idea about what kind of movie my friends dragged me to but I have to recognize this was a very pleasant surprise. The lead actors (Deborah François and Romain Duris) are carrying the whole movie and it turned way more thrilling that I could expect at first from a type machine competition movie.

There is some sense of Pygmalion and My Fair Lady where love is in the air even though it wasn't the initial purpose. When a young, pretty and innocent girl is coached by her boss, she turns into an accomplished and genuine beautiful Lady.

If you're planning a nice movie sessionflick with your soulmate, without complicated plot or senseless violence and you want to ensure you'll finish smiling at the end, go for Populaire, worths it !!!


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