DVD & Blu-ray review: Populaire (12)

Regis Roinsard DVD/Blu-ray (111mins)

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Is it a stylish parody of the Doris Day, battle-of-the-sexes Fifties comedies or just a fluffy, empty-headed French farce? Populaire mainly comes across as the latter. It's 1958, and Déborah François's naive Rose has just landed a secretarial post with Romain Duris's dashing boss. He challenges her to win a speed-typing contest, and she agrees. A sort of My Fair Lady without the songs and Rex Harrison.