Movie review: Typing comedy 'Populaire' benefits from light touch

Published October 4, 2013 4:30 pm

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The French comedy "Populaire" is a cotton-candy confection that, if not for one very adult moment, would have been right at home in a Doris Day marathon.

Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François) is desperate to escape her tiny village, circa 1958, so a secretarial job in the city seems like the perfect opportunity. Alas, Rose is a klutz at filing and phone etiquette, but her boss, Louis Échard (played by French heartthrob Romain Duris), sees that she's a rapid-fire typist.

Louis aims to hone Rose's typing skills so she can compete in the French national speed-typing competition. Soon enough, l'amour — showcased by a hard-R sex scene — develops between teacher and student, but the pressures of competition take their toll on the fledgling relationship.

Writer-director Régis Roinsard, making his feature debut, creates a feather-light comedy with a candy-colored palette, against which the hunky Duris and the effervescent François sparkle.

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Opens Friday, Oct. 4, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated R for a scene of sexuality; in French with subtitles; 111 minutes.