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The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993)

Les demoiselles ont eu 25 ans (original title)
A recital becomes part of the French culture; 25 years later the performers return to the village where it was first launched.

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Agnès Varda

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Agnès Varda
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Cast

Credited cast:
Catherine Deneuve ... Herself
Agnès Varda ... Herself
Michel Legrand ... Himself
Jacques Perrin ... Himself
Bertrand Tavernier ... Himself
Mag Bodard Mag Bodard ... Herself
Bernard Evein Bernard Evein ... Himself
Jean-Louis Frot Jean-Louis Frot ... Himself - Mayor of Rochefort
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Beacousin Pierre Beacousin ... Lui-même - instituteur et cinéphile
George Chakiris ... Himself (archive footage)
Danielle Darrieux ... Herself (archive footage)
Jacques Demy ... Himself (archive footage)
Françoise Dorléac ... Herself (archive footage)
Gene Kelly ... Himself (archive footage)
Michel Piccoli ... Himself (archive footage)
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A recital becomes part of the French culture; 25 years later the performers return to the village where it was first launched.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Young Girls Turn 25 See more »

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Ciné Tamaris See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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The lore and past life of Young Girls of Rochefort
22 November 2013 | by thaoSee all my reviews

It was 25 years since Jacques Demy made Young Girls of Rochefort in (yes you guessed it correctly) Rochefort, a small harbor town which has little to boast off other than this famous and wonderful French musical was made there.

So Varda is invited to the celebration of the big day (well 3 months) in the life of the inhabitants who have seen the film countless time and regard it as one of the high points in their history. Streets are named in honor of this film, the town is painted in the colors of the film and people dress up like the characters of the film.

Varda interviews people who took part in making the film, people who stood at the sidelines and watched (and felt like this was a huge and wonderful party) and the shop keepers who had never made as much money.

We often forget how much a film can mean to the local people where it is filmed, especially if it is filmed in a small unknown place. The film is magical but its life does not stop there. It casts its spell over a town which thrives on those memories of Catherine Deneuve and Gene Kelly danced on their streets and become a part of its lore, an extension of its life. It is this past life Varda captures so well in this documentary.


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