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The Young Girls of Rochefort back to product details

My Kind of "Ten" (and it ain't "Chicago")
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written by talltale January 16, 2005 - 4:26 PM PST
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Jacques Demy's THE YOUNG GIRLS OF ROCHEFORT is such a special treat--so bright, light and airy, full of wonderful music and dance--that it's difficult to over-rate it or not recommend it. And yet. Demy is a cinema artist who always verged on the precious (in my opinion he rarely toppled over), so this may cause trouble for some. Musicals are generally "unbelievable" by their very nature, but Demy underscores this with a utterly fake, fairy-tale "take" on everything (including murder and dismemberment!).

His "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" has always seemed to me a heavy-handed, repetitive, sentimental downer; "Young Girls" is very nearly its polar opposite. (Demy's wife, the wonderful filmmaker Agnes Varda, has overseen the reconstruction of this classic, and we owe her quite a debt!) Unlike his score for "Umbrellas," Michel Legrand's music here is full of jazzy, astonishing riffs and lots of different melodies. Accompanying it are some delightful 'lyrics that are translated fittingly--if not precisely--into equally delightful English. Catherine Deneuve and her late sister Francoise Dorleac are wonderful in the title roles, and they're helped immensely by the likes of Danielle Darrieux, George Chakiris, Grover Dale, Gene Kelly (yes, an American in Rochefort!), Michel Piccoli and a young and exquisitely beautiful Jacques Perrin. The dancing is a joy, as well, as you'd expect from a film that offers Chakiris, Dale and Kelly.

Characters sing of their lives and lost loves, and everything--from the pastel-painted city to the gorgeously coordinated costumes--is as unbelievable yet as wonderful as an enchanted dream. I remember enjoying the film when it first appeared. Now, it seems not only OF its time but AHEAD of that time and so special and perfect that I suspect certain of us will want to revisit it every few years, for as many as we have left. In a word: transporting.

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