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The Young Girls of Rochefort

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort

Pick of the Week: Tuesday, October 20–Monday, October 26, 2020
Available on The Criterion Channel

Dir. Jacques Demy, 1967, 120 min
With Michel Piccoli, Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac, Gene Kelly, Jacques Perrin
In French with English subtitles

Twins Delphine and Solange, a dance instructor and a music teacher (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac), long for big-city life. When a fair comes through their quiet port town, so does the possibility of escape.

Michel Piccoli joins a divine supporting cast (George Chakiris, Grover Dale, Danielle Darrieux, Jacques Perrin, and Gene Kelly), a jazzy Oscar-nominated Michel Legrand score, and pastel paradise of costumes.

The Young Girls of Rochefort is a tribute to Hollywood optimism from sixties French cinema’s preeminent dreamer.

“The cast is extremely solid and alive, and “The Young Girls of Rochefort” is certainly the best musical in some time.” – The New York Times