The Young Girls of Rochefort
Director: Jacques Demy Run Time: 125 min. Format: DCP Rating: G Release Year: 1967 Language: French with English subtitles
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Dorléac, Gene Kelly, George Chakiris, Jacques Perrin
Jacques Demy followed up The Umbrellas of Cherbourg with another musical about missed connections and second chances, this one a more effervescent confection. Twins Delphine and Solange, a dance instructor and a music teacher (played by real-life sisters Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac), long for big-city life; when a fair comes through their quiet port town, so does the possibility of escape. With its jazzy Michel Legrand score, pastel paradise of costumes, and divine supporting cast (George Chakiris, Grover Dale, Danielle Darrieux, Michel Piccoli, and Gene Kelly), The Young Girls of Rochefort is a tribute to Hollywood optimism from sixties French cinema’s preeminent dreamer.