The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)
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The Young Girls of Rochefort (Les Demoiselles de Rochefort)
Jacques Demy directed this frothy tribute to the Hollywood musicals of the 1940s, a follow-up to his earlier success The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). Twin sisters Delphine and Solange (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac) live in the small coastal town of Rochefort, where they run a school teaching dancing and music. Both feel frustrated in Rochefort, and they dream of travelling to Paris, where they believe romance and opportunity awaits them. Meanwhile, their single mother, Yvonne (Danielle Darrieux), who runs a cafe in town, pines for her lost love, Simon… More

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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 [UK]