• A sparkling homage to the golden age of Hollywood, Jacques Demy’s The Young Girls of Rochefort tells the story of dance instructor Delphine and music teacher Solange, twin sisters who yearn for excitement and romance beyond the confines of their quaint seaside town. This beloved musical marks the only film collaboration of Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac, two French stars who had cultivated international careers in the sixties, and whose vibrant synchronicity on-camera was fueled by their affectionate relationship as real-life siblings. In 1993, the town of Rochefort celebrated the film’s twenty-fifth anniversary, an occasion that director Agnès Varda, Demy’s widow and longtime collaborator, captured in The Young Girls Turn 25. Featured on our release of the film, this documentary weaves together reminiscences from cast members and locals celebrating the event with behind-the-scenes footage shot during the film’s production. In the above excerpt, Deneuve reflects on the sisterly bond that anchors Demy’s pastel-hued paradise, noting that her playful on-set rapport with Dorléac brought back memories of growing up together.

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  • By David Hollingsworth
    April 13, 2017
    12:00 AM

    Seeing some footage of Denevue and Dorleac on the set of 'Rochefort' is really great but bittersweet. You can see how much rapport they had with each other. Thanks Criterion for this excerpt!
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  • By Adam Jerome
    April 20, 2017
    11:07 AM

    I can't wait to see The Young Girls Turn 25. Françoise Dorléac is the best.
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  • By Ben Koeberle
    April 28, 2017
    02:22 PM

    Aww, how sweet! Both sisters seemed very fond of one another. I'm amazed by how modern Dorleac looks in this clip. It's a shame she was killed tragically young in that car crash. We never got to see/will never know how her career would have unfolded compared to Catherine. Losing Dorleac must have devastated Catherine for life. At least Catherine is still us, working and making movies still into her seventies. Thank god! I've yet to see Demy's films but I will need to at some point.
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