Five Funny French Films Screening: Populaire


In the late 1950s, the charming Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François) lives in a provincial town, is engaged to the son of the local mechanic, and seems destined for a quiet life. On a whim she travels to Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard (Romain Duris) is interviewing for a secretary. When they meet, Rose reveals her special talent: She can type like a fiend.

Louis, still dealing with the loss of his girlfriend (Bérénice Bejo) to his American pal Bob, bets Bob that he can transform Rose into the fastest typist in France. Rigorous training proceeds, along with some pointed lessons in sexual politics, while everyone gets involved in cheering Rose on to the championship.

First time filmmaker Roinsard infuses this frothy romantic comedy with stylish 1950s fashion, décor and a lively soundtrack. The supporting cast includes Nicolas Bedos (who stars in Love Is in the Air) and the incomparable Miou Miou.



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


$9 general admission; $7 MFAH members and seniors; $5 Film Buff members.
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