Inspired by the films of Jacques Demy and Stanley Donen, this musical comedy follows a young woman who must dance between a budding romance, a scheming boss, and co-workers on strike at her new job in a luxury shoe factory.
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Cécile de France,
Inspired by the films of Jacques Demy and Stanley Donen, Footnotes is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie, a young woman struggling to make ends meet in France's radically changing economy. Living out of a backpack, Julie spends her days jumping from job to job until she's finally offered a temporary stockroom job at a women's luxury shoe factory. After making friends with the boss's spunky receptionist Sophie and the ever-charming factory truck driver Samy, Julie thinks the hard times are behind her. But Julie's dreams of stability collapse when management threatens to close down the factory. As her intrepid group of female colleagues get together to go on strike, Samy and the other truck drivers decide to side with the company's scheming CEO. Julie must choose whether to keep a low profile (and a shot at permanent employment) or to resist and fight back on the picket line.Written by
I wanted to like this movie more than I did. On the plus side, the lead actress was appealing and was a fully developed character. Her grumpy supervisor was also a solid screen presence. Unfortunately, all of the other actors were two dimensional and uninteresting.
The songs in this musical were rather weak, and the voices were not particularly engaging. The songs were completely a part of the plot and characters, as in 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg', though not nearly so well done.
The American title, Footnotes, is an overly cute pun -- foot for shoes, notes for musical. I would have stuck with the original title in English, 'Julie and the Shoe Factory'.
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