Rent Populaire (2012)

3.5 of 5 from 196 ratings
1h 46min
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Synopsis:
Spring, 1958. 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle (Deborah Francois) is living in a sleepy French village with her widower father. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, it seems her destiny is to spend the rest of her days as a bored rural housewife.
But Rose wants more from life. Travelling to Normandy, she meets Louis Echard (Romain Duris), the dashing boss of an insurance agency who's hiring a secretary. The interview is a disaster, but Rose reveals a special gift - she can type at an extraordinary speed! Unwittingly, she awakes the dormant sports fan in Louis, who enters her into a national speed typing competition. As he coaches her, they both discover that the road to success can take some romantic turns...
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , , , , , Yannik Landrein, , , , Joan Mompart, , Sara Haskell
Directors:
Régis Roinsard
Producers:
Alain Attal
Writers:
Régis Roinsard, Daniel Presley
Studio:
Momentum Pictures
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Countries:
France, Comedy, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/09/2013
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, French
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Five Featurettes: To Begin With; The Love Story; The 50s; A Romantic and Sports Comedy; Typists Rule
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/09/2013
Run Time:
111 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, French
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Five Featurettes: To Begin With; The Love Story; The 50s; A Romantic and Sports Comedy; Typists Rule

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Reviews (4) of Populaire

Silly but fun French attempt at a Hollywood comedy - Populaire review by PV

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20/10/2013

This film is so-so. Predictable, yes. Aping Hollywood comedies, indeed - and an American character here is obviously aiming for the US market.

But it's not too bad - a romantic comedy really. Some nice scenes and lines - and a snapshot of late 50s France.

Fun to see the French typewriter keyboard too.

3 stars.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Good fun - Populaire review by AH

Spoiler Alert
02/02/2014

Set in the sexist past, don't be put off by the weird idea of a typing completion. And some of you can't cope with subtitles, this has them

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Froth, With Little Gallic Spice. - Populaire review by NC

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14/08/2018

Girl escapes small town life, including impending marriage to the one prospect available, in search of work, adventure and romance. It is 1959, an age of speed-typewriting competitions, marked gender discrimination beginning to be questioned, and an ocean of American romcoms. 'Populaire' copies the style of those films (except for one sex scene which would never have got past the censors) and therein lies its weakness. There is not enough originality and not enough of the quirky comedy the French can be so good at (Amelie, Le Diner des Cons, La Cage aux Folles).

The acting too is only fair to middling. One ingredient essential in films of this kind is evident chemistry between the two leads - there is little on show here. Berenice Bejo, so good in 'The Past', has a supporting role, but can make nothing of a script which fails to sparkle.

There is charm, there is good photography, and there is enough of an interest in this trip back in time to keep watching, but it's not great.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Populaire review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

Most mainstream French movies are about love, no wonder considering France is considered the birthplace of romance and all that good stuff but most of the time those films always seem to blend together and Populaire feels oddly familiar, especially to anyone who has seen Amelie or Romantics Anonymous, two delightfully funny films that Populaire borrows most of its story from.

Set in 1959 ,Populaire tells the story of Rose (Deborah Francois), a young woman from a small French village chomping at the bit to experience everything the new modern world has to offer. She moves to the city to become Louis’ (Romain Duris) secretary but he only seems interested in her typing and the fame he could achieve if he entered her into competitions, that is until he sees her potential.

While feeling like a rehash at times, Populaire is quintessentially French and for that reason it is a charming, heartwarming and captivating picture that is a loving tribute to the unbreakable spirit of a people who are still recovering from the 2nd world war a decade later. The film uses the war to add context and character to Louis, a member of the resistance who doesn’t fear conflict but everything else, especially genuine feelings.

This is made clear by a standout performance by Berenice Bejo (The Artist) as Louis’ long time friend and old flame Marie, a woman who knows exactly what kind of man Louis is and can cut to the core of him in seconds. The film is filled with rich characters like Marie, Rose and Louis and the film manages to handle their many demons in a light hearted way. So while it may descend into the realms of Disney in its conclusion it is a heartfelt drama about a man accepting his flaws and a woman discovering she might not be as perfect as she thinks she is

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