FRANCE, BELGIUM • COMEDY, ROMANCE • 111 MINS • 2012 • M
CAST: ROMAIN DURIS, DÉBORAH FRANÇOIS, BÉRÉNICE BÉJO, SHAUN BENSON, MÉLANIE BERNIER
This utterly delightful film is a sparkling homage to classic Hollywood romantic comedies.
Set in the late 1950s, Populaire's heroine is Rose Pamphyle (César Award winner, Déborah François), a girl who lives with her widowed father but yearns for so much more than the aimless life her inevitable marriage to the local mechanic’s son promises. Travelling out of her small town in Normandy in search of a job, she is interviewed by an insurance agent: the suave, driven Louis Échard (Heartbreaker, Romain Duris), who discovers she possesses an unworldly ability to type. Once a gifted boxer and runner, Louis now becomes Rose’s coach and soon begins preparing her for the world speed typing championships in New-York.
The charming film features all the wonderful fashions of the era, lending a rich visual element to the jaunty, romantic tale of a man, a woman and the typewriter that binds them. Taking its title from a well-known brand of French typewriter, Populaire
is sure to be an audience favourite, scoring highly in words-and laughs-per minute.