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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

References Vertigo (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Stroll in the Park
Written and performed by Alan Braden
Phonogram K Musik
Copyright KPM Music
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Sweet but not too sweet
20 February 2013 | by bloodbathcatSee 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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