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  3. Negative: 1 out of 5

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  1. Sep 10, 2013
    Taking a page from other French films, Populaire is a whimsical yet adult French comedy with enough going on beneath the surface to make watching it unique despite its similarities to other French films, most notably 2011's Romantics Anonymous. Populaire tells the story of Rose (Deborah Francois), a young French woman who moves from her small village life to the hustle and bustle of the big city in 1959 to become a secretary, a job she finds difficult and to avoid getting fired she agrees to take part in a typing competition, something that may bring Rose and her boss Louis (Romain Duris) closer. While not as polished and delightful as Amelie or the aforementioned Romantics Anonymous, Populaire does charm you from beginning to end thanks to its three fantastic lead performances by Francois, Duris and Bernice Bejo as Louis old friend and ex lover. Most of the credit goes to Francois who manages to make her often childish character realistic and moving thanks to her ability to read the subtleties of a scene. She manages to be quirky and adult at the same time, an admirable feat. The scripting is clever as it incorporates the idea of a society still recovering from the devastation of the war almost 15 years on as well as the the desire to modernise, something we are still feeling today. The film uses the war to add colour to its characters, especially Louis who unlike the conventional war veteran has no fear of what he saw, just everything waiting for him back home, especially Marie (Bejo). It's a rose tinted film so it does turn a bit saccharine towards the end but it is to be expected from a French film about love, it has to end well. Collapse
  2. Sep 6, 2013
    A throwback to the Rock Hudson and Doris Day comedies of the 50's this is a light and frothy French concoction that washes over you. There is a good period feel, but the best parts are the actual typing competitions which are very entertainingly filmed with real zing. The camera movement for these sequences even manages to evoke mild tension. Sadly any other emotion is lacking from the rest of the film. It's also way too long! Expand

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
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  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Sep 19, 2013
    Populaire plays like a musical - you expect anyone, at any time, to break into song.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 13, 2013
    Populaire is a mostly delightful and entirely unironic throwback to the kind of film they stopped making about 50 years ago.
  3. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Sep 12, 2013
    The joy is in the details - from the animated credits to the perky pop score to the pre-"Mad Man" hair, clothes and general sensibility.