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  • Actors: René Bazart, Dorothée Blank, George Chakiris, Henri Crémieux, Grover Dale
  • Directors: Jacques Demy
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2002
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000062XI7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,142 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Young Girls Of Rochefort" on IMDb

Special Features

  • In French with English subtitles

Editorial Reviews

A wonderfully entertaining musical fantasy, THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT features big-screen legend Gene Kelly (THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT) and international star Catherine Deneuve (BELLE DE JOUR) in a delightfully lighthearted story about two charming sisters waiting for their perfect love to arrive! In the picturesque seaside village of Rochefort, Delphine (Deneuve) teaches dance while her twin Solange (Francoise Dorleac) composes and gives piano lessons. As the girls dream of success and romance in the far-off big city, they don't realize that true love may be just around the corner! An exuberant musical treat that earned rave reviews from critics everywhere, this beloved classic has been beautifully restored to its original magnificence!

Customer Reviews

Here's a film that also uses color creatively.
Gabriel Oak
You know that in a lovely musical like this there's a happy ending for all, but let the details be a surprise!
Very good musical scores and the story line is quite good as well.
S. McIntyre

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on May 17, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Imagine a Monty Python version of "Bye Bye Birdie", set in France and featuring twin anorexic Ann Margrets; and you will have a good idea of the "look" of "The Young Girls of Rochefort". Then throw in the Hullabaloo dancers with even the males in go-go boots and be prepared to laugh. Which is appropriate because on one level Jacques Demy is gleefully and affectionately satirizing the movie musical tradition. What you are not prepared for is how, after about 40 minutes, you realize that you really like this thing.

It is fast paced, extremely original, and very pretty; ultimately its innate charm just wins you over. At the end you are shocked to find that this silly satire stands alone atop all of Demy's other films. His legacy of optimism, beauty, and unashamed sweetness.

Catherine Deneuve who is usually the 180 degree antithisis of "perky" has to play a lively and fairly out-there young woman. It must have been quite a struggle for Demy to get this much animation from her but her unnatural performance adds to the already surreal feel of this film. I might have cut the scene where she puts something in the oven as it reminds you of that rabbit in "Repulsion".

What is interesting is that early in the story Demy has let you know how his characters will be paired off by the end, then he uses a "ships passing in the night" device to build suspense as the viewer waits for the inevitable that never quite seems to happen. Ultimately everything falls into place and there is a charming resolution.

My only complaint is that I thought Deneuve and Jacques Perrin's "Maxence" should have connected one scene earlier, in the café when he came back to get his sea-bag.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Merilahti Kristiina on November 5, 2003
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Firstly: this isn't a musical like 'Cherbourg'. It has only a few themes, each belonging to certain people - and you can quickly find out, that people who belong together sing the same tune, only with different words. Which is a charming idea and won me over. And it isn't the kind of fairytale that many Demy's films are. The people move about in a realistic place, doing things that at least remind things that happen in reality, but wearing things that make them and the dancers - who walk by casually and start and stop dancing absent-mindedly - stand out of others. There are very few big dancing scenes here. Even though Gene Kelly is in the cast.
The cast is great: Danielle Darrieux, Francoise Dorleac, Catherine Deneuve, George Charikis, Michel Piccoli, Gene Kelly and Jacques Perrin - with his hair blonde, wearing a sailor costume that looks like the ones little boys wear. They all seem to fit in this story that has nothing to do with real life, just happens in real surroundings. The pastel coloured clothes, the way people move without finding each other, unexpected, haphazard dancers on the streets... Apparently Demy had fun lending musical-like features while still trying to do something else. Deneuve, Dorleac and Darrieux are lovely, of course, the men are all handsome and charming (Charikis should be sold in bottles!) and the music is lovely. This time Legrand made recognizable songs, each belonging to certain people.
The plot? There isn't much to tell about. Two lovely girls, musically talented, are looking for love and a better future, their mother keeps a cafe and remembers the love of her life she rejected because the man had a silly name. The fare brings new people to Rochefort and the girls get a chance to leave, maybe to Paris. But men keep crossing their path...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Pawl VINE VOICE on November 26, 2004
Format: DVD
This was the second French musical film made with the music of Michel LeGrand (the great French songwriter) and the beautiful blonde French actress, Catherine Deneuve (the tall, stately lady on the back of French currency was also inspired by her profile).

I wish more people knew about this movie because it is really funny , for starters (maybe even unintentionally, but somehow I think the directors and actors were well aware of how "tongue in cheek" they were being). Like its predecessor, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," the dialogue is breathlessly sung (and, of course, breathlessly dubbed by other singers), the plot is light, fluffy and ridiculous. Two twin sisters, Delphine and Solange, own and teach at a dance school for young girls (Delphine and Solange are played by real life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorleac. Unfortunately, Francoise died in a car accident quite soon after the film was made). We get a glimpse into their lives during a whirlwind weekend when the summer carnival has come to town and love is in the air. The love interests are a young blonde sailor who falls in love with Delphine's likeness in a painting (his "female ideal"--the accompanying song is a hilarious and dizzyingly lovesick), and Andy Miller (Gene Kelly--dubbed over by a jazz singer's voice) who encounters Solange in the street, by chance. Also, let's not forget the appearance of George Chakiris as Etienne, a fancy free carny who basically is living loose and free (and finds time to dance and showcase the newest model of motorcycle during the fair).

This is truly a period piece. Some of the costumes are a real throwback to 1960s mod--complete with go-go boots and tight jeans. The choreography is funky, edgy and definitely not from your grandmother's musicals.
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