If you loved The Artist, then you will enjoy Populaire.
While the premise is of course different, Populaire has that same romantic vintage-modern vibe as The Artist. The film also happens to feature Bérénice Bejo (Peppy Miller from The Artist.) So if that isn’t a good enough reason to watch it (it should be,) then let me tell you more about this film and why it’s great!
Keystrokes To The Heart
Firstly, let me share with you how excited I was to watch this movie. It had been sitting in my Netflix Instant queue for 2 weeks, and last night, after cracking up watching SNL, I stayed up till 4am watching Populaire. Once you start this movie, you’re going to want to see how it ends.
I’m not going to spoil it for you, so I’ll keep this quite simple. The film follows a small town French girl, Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François) and her search to find her way as a modern girl in France.
So, what does a modern woman in 1959 do? She aspires to become a secretary, fall in love with her boss, get married, and have babies! But there’s one problem, Rose is a terrible secretary, and the only reason Louis Échard (Romain Duris) hires her is because she can type; she types really fast.
Realizing her potential to be a master speed-typist, Mr. Échard invites Rose to move in with him under one condition — she must rigorously train day/night in hopes of making her way to the World Speed Typing Championship (which is a real sport/competition in the world of typing.)
So throughout the film, we get to enjoy the klutzy Rose try to become a champion, as well as work her way into the heart of Louis. But will they just hookup or actually fall in love?
See for yourself! I highly recommend checking out this movie, it’s such a great romantic-comedy that is full of competition, sex appeal, coming of age, and unspoken/spoken attraction between a teacher and his beautiful student.