Indiewire has obtained an exclusive clip from the French comedy “Populaire,” which is being released in theaters today by the Weinstein Company after opening in its native country a year ago. In the film, a woman named Rose (Déborah Francois) applies for a secretarial job at an insurance agency, where her boss Louis (Romain Duris) quickly sees her impressive typing abilities, who then goes on to train Rose to be the fastest typist in the world.
The clip plunges us headfirst into a typing competition, where Rose is facing off against another typist while the audiences cheer and Rose’s family and Louis’ friend (the latter of which is played by Berenice Bejo) listen attentively to the event on the radio. In addition to plot, the scene showcases the film’s zippy, frothy nature, as it gleefully evokes the pastel colors and stylings of the 1950’s. After scoring big two years ago with “The Artist,” it seems that Weinstein and Co. are hoping this cheerfully nostalgic French pic will win over audiences as well.