Sunday, 30 June 2013

Populaire (film)

There's a blast of 1950s nostalgia on its way to Hailsham Pavilion at the end of July when the French language romantic comedy Populaire has three screenings. Set in 1958, the film tells the story of Rose Pamphyle, a widowers daughter who is destined for a quiet provincial life as the wife of a local mechanic. However, after she applies for a secretarial job at an insurance agency, her talent for amazingly fast typing is discovered and her new employer encourages her to compete for the accolade of the fastest typist in the world. The film is named for the make of typewriter featured, the Japy Populaire.

Belgian actress Deborah Francois stars as Rose alongside Romain Duris as her employer Louis Echard. The gorgeous costumes have been created by Charlotte David with great care taken to get the right feel for not only the period but also the original location of each character. Rose has a distinct provincial style whereas the city dwellers have a much sharper look. The witty film was co-written and directed by Regis Roinsard and is his first major feature. It has been nominated for several Cesar Awards and has already won Best Narrative Feature at the San Francisco Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Athens Francophone Film Festival.

Hailsham Pavilion, Tue 30th and Wed 31st Jul, Thu 1st Aug, 19:45.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 841414, or in person at the Box Office.