Writer-director Régis Roinsard makes his feature debut with Populaire, a 1950s-set French drama starring Romain Duris (The Beat That Skipped My Heart), Déborah François (The Monk, L’enfant), and the Oscar-nominated Bérénice Bejo (The Artist).
The first trailer and teaser poster landed last month (both of which I’ve also added for your viewing pleasure below), and now a new image of Duris and François has debuted online on the film’s official Facebook, giving us a charming new look at the leading duo.
“Spring, 1958. 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that’s not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift – she can type at extraordinary speed.
Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she’ll have to compete in a speed typing competition. Whatever sacrifices Rose must make to reach the top, Louis declares himself her trainer. He’ll turn her into the fastest girl not only in the country, but in the world!
But a love of sport doesn’t always mix well with love itself…”
Roinsard is directing from a script he co-wrote with newcomers Daniel Presley and Romain Compingt, with Alain Attal (Tell No One, Little White Lies) producing.
Populaire is set for release on 28th November in a handful of French-speaking countries in Europe. As yet, no word on a UK or US release, but the film has been acquired for both here and the States, with The Weinstein Company distributing it in the latter, so the US could well have a limited engagement in store before the year’s end, if TWC want to give the film an awards push for Best Foreign Language Feature at the Oscars next year. Time will tell. For now, enjoy this lovely new image, and as usual, you can click to enlarge.