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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Romain Duris
Déborah François.
Directors
Régis Roinsard.
Screenwriters
Régis Roinsard
Daniel Presley
Romain Compingt .
Running Time
111 minutes

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Populaire
France's Peggy and Don


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Plot
France, 1958. 21 year-old Rose (François) decides to shake off her dull life and her grouchy dad by heading to Normandy to apply for a job under charismatic insurance boss Louis Echard (Duris). When the interview goes wrong, her typing skills persuade him to give her a second chance.


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Populaire

Anchored by Romain Duris on typically engaging form, Régis Roinsard’s debut is beguiling in its refusal to toe the line of rom-com convention. Set in 1950s France, it follows village girl Rose’s (Déborah Francois) attempts to ‘become someone’ via her talent for speed-typing. This she does with the ‘help’ of her boss, Duris’ Louis, who enters her into a regional typing contest. Roinsard keeps control of a film that vacillates between frothy fun and more serious social comment and cleverly uses subplots and supporting characters (including The Artist’s Bérénice Bejo) to touch on weightier themes. Quaint, but charming.


Verdict
Offers plenty of easy nostalgia and Duris charm.


Reviewed by Liz Beardsworth

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