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Les demoiselles de Rochefort (The Young Girls of Rochefort) (1967).

April 17, 2017

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IMDb: Two sisters leave their small seaside town of Rochefort in search of romance. Hired as carnival singers, one falls for an American musician, while the other must search for her ideal partner.

 

This post is inundated with film stills because, as you can tell, I’ve fallen in love with this movie. And if you give this a chance, I think you will do too.

I found this film by pure chance while surfing the internet and so I had no idea it was going to be a musical. if you loved La La Land, then you will be surprised by how this movie will remind you of it. The first song and dance sequence of the two films, for example, very much echo each other. Also very clear is that both films are made as homage to Hollywood optimism and its dreamers.

It’s crazy how visually stunning and captivating this french film is. That’s why I posted too many pictures above as example in case you need more convincing. Watching it is like stepping inside a sherbet factory, every shot is just very tasteful. Very entertaining too is its dialogue, with interesting side stories delivered orally by characters. It’s whimsical, fun, romantic and very engaging. It’s a very good example of escapism, the exact reason why people watch movies in the first place. I can’t wait to see more of director Jacques Demy’s work!

 

(Fun Fact: Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac, who play twins in the film, were real-life sisters ( but not twins). See more fun facts here.)

 

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