The Young Girls of Rochefort

The Young Girls of Rochefort

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Jacques Demy directed this frothy tribute to the Hollywood musicals of the 1940s, a follow-up to his earlier success The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964). Twin sisters Delphine and Solange (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorleac) live in the small coastal town of Rochefort, where they run a school teaching dancing and music. Both feel frustrated in Rochefort, and they dream of travelling to Paris, where they believe romance and opportunity awaits them. Meanwhile, their single mother, Yvonne (Danielle Darrieux), who runs a cafe in town, pines for her lost love, Simon (Michel Piccoli). One day, one of Yvonne's regular customers, a sailor with an artistic bent named Maxence (Jacques Perrin), shows her a painting of the imaginary girl of his dreams, and she looks just like Delphine, whom he's never met. Meanwhile, Simon has returned to Rochefort, bringing with him a close friend, American pianist Andy Miller (Gene Kelly); Simon has made friends with Solange and introduces her to Andy, who immediately falls in love with her. Sadly, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort was Françoise Dorleac's last film; she died in an auto accident shortly after completing the picture.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/2017
UPC: 0715515197014
Original Release: 1967
Rating: G
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:06:00
Sales rank: 15,187

Special Features

French television interview from 1966 featuring director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand discussing the music for the film; Conversation from 2014 between Demy biographer Jean-Pierre Berthomé and costume designer Jacqueline Moreau; Episode from a multipart 1966 Belgian television series on the making of the film; Agnès Varda's 1993 documentary The Young Girls Turn 25; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Deneuve Delphine Garnier--sung by Anne Germain
George Chakiris Etienne--sung by Romuald
Françoise Dorléac Solange Garnier--sung by Claude Parent
Jacques Perrin Maxence--sung by Jacques Revaux
Grover Dale Bill--sung by Jose Bartel
Gene Kelly Andy Miller--sung by Donald Burke
Danielle Darrieux Yvonne
Genevieve Thenier Josette--sung by Alice Gerald
Pamela Hart Judith--sung by Christiane Legrand
Henri Cremieux Dutrouz
Wendy Barry Actor
Jane Darling Actor
Bill Lee Actor
John MacDonald Actor
Albin Pahernik Actor
Jacques Riberolles Guillaume Lancien--sung by Jean Stout
Sally Stevens Actor
Robert Tebow Actor
Agnès Varda Nun
Jackie Ward Singer
Dorothée Blanc Passerby
Sue Allen Actor
Earl W. Brown Actor
Veronique Duval Actor
Michel Piccoli Simon Dame--sung by George Blaness

Technical Credits
Jacques Demy Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Jean Barthet Costumes/Costume Designer
Mag Bodard Producer
Aida Carange Makeup
Ghislain Cloquet Cinematographer
Gilbert de Goldschmidt Producer
Bernard Evein Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Janine Jarreau Makeup
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Jacqueline Moreau Costumes/Costume Designer

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Young Girls Of Rochefort 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was a follow up (1967) to the much better known Umbrellas of Cherbourgh. Unlike the sad and rainy ''Umbrellas'', YOUNG GIRLS is a delightfully upbeat, sunny, lighthearted musical with a quite complex, intertwined plot.. Michel Legrand's music is a true pleasure - some call it his best score. The beginning (with two overtures) is slow, but once the plots and characters develop it's spellbinding. Although there is a lot of dancing, the dancing is not too inspired. I find the whole package so delightful and watchable any flaws are easy to overlook. This long-awaited release will be high on my gift list this year. An internet search will bring up a number of web sites and reviews of this little-known film; the city of Rochefort will even send you a brochure about the film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While not as emotionally satisfying as Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Girls is a fun, tuneful romp from the 60's. There are numerous fine songs and I recommend getting the 2 cd soundtrack. The two sisters are looking for love and success in their careers and the whole movie is filled with sentimental, rather silly coincidence and predictable situations but I loved every moment of it. (Umbrellas is even better, though quite different and much more sophisticated--get it for sure!) I like hearing the French and often forget to read the subtitles. As an additional surprise, Gene Kelly plays one of his last romantic roles and he is surprisingly natural and believable. (I find him usually a bit stiff.) Sadly, one of the two sisters was killed in a real-life car accident after this movie.