The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)
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The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)
Romance begins busting out all over in Rochefort. A fair is being organized, giving the town an air of excitement and effervescence. Twin sisters Delphine, a dance teacher, and Solange, a pianist and a composer, dream of making it big in the world of music. The sisters, like many in Rochefort, including a dashing American pianist, are looking for love, without realizing that their ideal partners are right before their eyes.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A euphoric swirl of sherbet colors, Jacques Demy's Hollywood-musical homage The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) elevates even the most mundane actions to the spectacular ..."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Village Voice
"It has charm, sustained human observation, mixed with catchy music, dances and songs to come up as a tuner with grace and dynamism."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The true pleasures of The Young Girls of Rochefort are its smaller touches."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A very welcome rerelease of Demy's delightful 1967 musical."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A decidedly old-fashioned delight."
‑ , Film4
"Despite the consistently sprightly surface, there's a somber undercurrent that lingers even when love triumphs and the music swells."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Jolliest of the Demy-Michel Legrand operettas."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"The results are a bit like eating too much ice cream sundae."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The result is uncommonly pleasing or defiantly twee: take your choice."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Reminiscent of a Shakespearean comedy and seems to tap into a romantic yearning that is hardwired into our DNA. Absolutely sublime."
‑ Toby Young, Times [UK]
"A luminous musical about dreams, romance and destiny which lovingly reworks the classic Hollywood 'putting on a show' template into an essay on the emotional rollercoaster ride that is movie-going."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Certainly the best musical in some time."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"The fondant-fancy colours make the film all the more escapist, yet some pop songs can pierce you to the core."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"An intriguing mix of French New Wave and Hollywood Musical, this still succeeds in sweeping you off your feet."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"There's something irresistibly swinging, even promiscuous, about the whole affair."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian