At first, I will admit, I was a little apprehensive. 'Les Demoiselles de Rochefort', or 'The young girls of Rochefort' if you prefer, soon drew me in with its catchy, upbeat songs, impressive dancing, colourful characters and top notch, 60s French style.
The film follows the enchanting twin sisters, Solange (Françoise Dorléac) and Delphine Garnier (Catherine Deneuve, the two were sisters in real life). Composing and dancing, they aim to escape and make it in Paris whilst finding their true love, but is their ideal man further away than they think? The plot is interesting, if a little unrealistic due to the overwhelming amount of coincidences. Don't write this film off as far fetched though, it adds to the unique charm of this cinematic masterpiece (oh yes, I went there). To add to that, the costume design is just lavish, and as you can see from the picture
some exquisite hats are featured that could rightfully be described as works of art, just like the film itself! There is no doubt the film showcases 60's
style in it's prime.Throw in some singing sailors, a dashing Gene Kelly, a reference to the classic 'Jules et Jim', probably the coolest name for a little boy ever, Bou-Bou, and you've got a treat.
The verdict? If I were giving stars as a verdict it would bethe magic five. It is an amazing film, untimely stylish and iconic. I recommend you watch ASAP!
Jacques Demy, I applaud you.