Tim Purtell
September 22, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Young Girls of Rochefort

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
125 minutes
performer
Catherine Deneuve, Francoise Dorleac, Gene Kelly
director
Jacques Demy
distributor
Miramax
author
Jacques Demy
genre
Comedy, musical, Foreign Language

We gave it an A-

Jacques Demy’s candy-colored cult musical The Young Girls of Rochefort, which is finally debuting on video, is that rare instance of an art film that’s actually fun to watch. Real-life sisters Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac play glam, dreamy-eyed sisters wooed by various charmers, including a middle-aged but still graceful Kelly. When someone’s not crooning Michel Legrand’s catchy, almost nonstop songs, go-go-booted dancers entrance. As in the director’s Umbrellas of Cherbourg, a ripe romanticism is made palatable by a game cast and intelligent filmmaking that, in this case, seductively underpins new-wave whimsy with sweeping Minnelli-esque crane and dolly shots. One gripe: This full-frame version lops off the original wide-screen compositions. So, in the spirit of Legrand, I sing: ”This fab film by Jacques Demy/deserves to have a deluxe DVD!” A-

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