On a bright summer morning, a travelling fair crosses the transporter bridge leading to Rochefort. It sets up in the main square, where Yvonne runs a café. Yvonne has three children: twin girls Delphine and Solange, the first a dance instructor and the second a music teacher, and Boubou, a 10-year-old boy. Maxence, a painter and sailor, often comes to the café to share his joys and troubles with Yvonne, who in turn tell hers to him. There is also Subtil Dutrouz, a regular customer, and the waitress Josette. Yvonne pines for the love she ran away from 10 years ago. Delphine and Solange dream of meeting Mr Right and "heading up to Paris". Maxence has painted his ideal woman. Delphine discovers the painting by chance. She sees herself in it and falls in love with the painter without ever having met him. The dancers in the fair run off with sailors because they are much more fun. Amid rhymes and encounters, games of hide and seek and dancing and singing, will each of the love-lorn characters find their missing halves, from which destiny seems to enjoy keeping them apart?Read more Show less
The Young Girls of Rochefort is a musical comedy that was shot in Rochefort in the summer of 1966. The town was completely transformed for it, with facades, shutters, fire hydrants, fountains and all sorts of urban furniture carefully painted by the set designer Bernard Evein as well as by Jacques Demy himself. Demy loved this town and the military architecture that inspired the ballet sequences. He was particularly fond of the main square. The revamped town immediately conjures the film's joyous and enchanting atmosphere. The fascinating magic of Jacques Demy's creative universe derives from the subtle blend of American influences and French roots. The alchemy bears some of the same qualities as the Recette du Cake d'Amour from Donkey Skin. The Young Girls of Rochefort is inspired directly by the classics from the golden age of Hollywood musicals, from Singin' in the Rain to An American in Paris and West Side Story. This homage is reflected in the presence of the legendary Gene Kelly and George Chakiris (who played Bernardo in West Side Story). This is a classic musical comedy with a story interspersed with singing and dancing. But the atmosphere (sets, themes and actors) is distinctively French, with songs and dialogues written by Jacques Demy and music by Michel Legrand. The duo's style, mixing humour, melancholy and lyricism was already apparent in a more sombre tone in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. But here it adds vibrancy to the joy and amazing colours of the feelings. "A light film about serious things" is how Demy summed up The Young Girls of Rochefort. It is a romantic ballet, a fairytale in which women look for their prince charming.Read more Show less
For age 7 and over, as the joy, colours and whirlwind lives will instantly delight children. And the words of the songs, carried by the lovely melodies of Michel Legrand, will leave a lasting impression!
It is not always easy to find your place in a family, especially when you have to share it with a brother or sister. The heroes of these films are brothers and sisters in various forms - wolf cubs, twins, Buddhists or sea divinities -, but they tackle challenges and plot together, supporting each other and helping each other grow. The six films in this course are poetic, moving, funny and musical, and they introduce you to very different sets of siblings who are, nonetheless, all linked by the same deep love and shared understandings.
Benshi invites young cinema lovers on a festive course! A jazz concert by alley cats, a frantic wedding dash, village galas with slapstick or romantic stories, marriage in the kingdom of the dead... You can enjoy all of these atmospheres - which are always fun, even when morbid - in the six films in the Party Time course.