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Rated R · 111 min. · 2013

Drama



A shy provincial girl from Normandy is entranced by that lovely streamlined object, the typewriter. Mastering the "machine made for a woman" with two fingers, she becomes a secretary. Her boss is inspired, with proper coaching could she aspire to the 1958 French speed typing championship? Apparently the first feature written and directed by Régis Roinsard, it stars Déborah François as Rose, the demure typist with a will of steel and Romain Duris as her demanding boss who buries his deepening feelings for her under the torch he is carrying for his childhood sweetheart (The Artist's Bérénice Bejo). "It will be a keyboard world" a character opines, the computer age as yet undreamed of. The delightful Populaire is a Pygmalion-inspired, macaron-colored rom-com pondering love, feminism, daddy issues, wartime survivor guilt, Hitchcock's Vertigo and a skill, once though perfect only for dainty feminine hands, which now rules 21st-century technology.

Official Site: weinsteinco.com/sites/populaire
Director: Régis Roinsard
Writer: Régis Roinsard, Daniel Presley and Romain Compingt
Producer: Alain Attal
Cast: Romain Duris, Déborah François, Bérénice Bejo, Shaun Benson, Mélanie Bernier, Nicolas Bedos, Miou-Miou, Eddy Mitchell, Frédéric Pierrot and Maruis Colucci

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