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So, the other film with the great set design, vintage costumes and soundtrack I alluded to yesterday: Populaire. French, set in 1958 with Romain Duris of the beat that my heart skipped (one of my favourite films ever) and l’auberge espagnole fame, swoon inducing dresses and interiors on a par with Mad Men. The plot is not a great literary classic, but no worse for it. It’s a romantic comedy about a girl who is a crap secretary but an amazing typist and her ex-athlete boss who coaches her to become world speed typing (a real thing apparently, but I suspect did not quite attract the screaming fanbase it does in the film) champion and of course falls in love with her. Nothing exciting, but bobs along very nicely and I wasn’t bored at any point which almost never happens these days. Films are too long! I think there should be some sort of fine payable for any minute a director goes over two hours.

Anyway, I would highly recommend it if you get a chance to see it. And if not, here are some films stills with some of the clothes, which really make me want to go vintage shopping!








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  • Helen 6 June 2013, 8:53 am

    This looks like a very sweet film, I’ve not yet seen the Great Gatsby either so I’ve got some pretty films to look forward to
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  • Lily 6 June 2013, 9:38 am

    I love the last still with all the different coloured nails!

    Can’t wait for this to come out on DVD =D (I don’t like to go to the cinema, I prefer to spend the money on a DVD and some popcorn!)
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  • Alex 6 June 2013, 11:15 am

    Oh my gosh, I LOVED this film. So, so much.

    One of the women at work came in this morning and said “Alex, I went to see a film last night and I know you’ll love it!” Obviously it was Populaire, so we then had a mild squeeing session about it.

    ps – am also a massive Romain Duris fan! The Beat That My Heart Skipped is such a great film.
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  • Rhianne 6 June 2013, 1:43 pm

    Ohhh I’m definitely adding this to my list – I love French films, a lot of my favourite films are French ones, I love the style of this too.
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  • Jessica 6 June 2013, 2:55 pm

    Thanks for these film reviews, I was in need of some recommendations. I just had to say, I do love how grumpy they all look in the hall full of typists!

  • Lorena 7 June 2013, 5:27 pm

    Seems like a a good one to watch – i would just because of the era it’s set it, so i can drool over the dresses, hair and vintage goodies.
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