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Spring, 1958: 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that's not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift - she can type at extraordinary speed. Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she'll… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's neatly formatted, but if there's a message in the margins of this manuscript, "Populaire" doesn't spell it out."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"[Populaire] does run through the expected paces with admirable style, with a glossy, Technicolor production design that sometimes makes it seem it might have been made in the '50s, not just set there."
‑ Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times
"A clever movie of considerable wit and charm. Its only fault is that it could have been a bit shorter and benefitted from the trim. Still, it's time well spent."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"As if Mad Men had never happened, French romantic comedy Populaire takes a breezy, light-hearted approach to the late-1950s world of brooding male bosses and their demurely pretty secretaries."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Never less than cute"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"As romantic comedy it's uneven, but as an ode to something long gone, "Populaire" hits the right notes."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Roinsard, who wrote his feature debut with Daniel Presley and Romain Compingt, is unabashedly in love with cheesy, cornball sentiment, which he dusts off and polishes to a fair-thee-well."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"There is really no film to compare it to."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"It works on a design porn level, but that's about it."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"There's a breezy throwback quality that adds a modest level of amusement and visual flair to this otherwise predictable French romantic comedy."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"Even when there's tragedy around the turn, it doesn't matter. Populaire plays like a musical - you expect anyone, at any time, to break into song."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Is this remake really necessary? Maybe not, but to worry about that is to risk missing out on a lot of fun."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"After all those words pounded onto the typewriter, this throwback finds a way to capture the big L in any language."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"It's a gorgeous picture that's highly amusing, allowing viewers to lose themselves in the fantasy of love, rivalry, and typing. Yes, typing. Any film that can make typewriters as cool as hot rods deserves a look."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"A nice throwback, but less typing, please."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
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