French savoir faire and Mad Men-style retro flair combine in this crowd-pleasing tribute to the effortless glamour of ‘50s Hollywood, an audience favorite in France that’s already being touted as this year’s The Artist. Fresh from the countryside, a hopeful secretary named Rose (Déborah François) snares a job at a small financial company run by the stern (yet quite handsome) Louis (Romain Duris). Fancying himself a Professor Higgins to her Eliza Doolittle, the cocky Louis enthusiastically schools our young heroine on the intricacies and joys of that bulkiest of beasts, the manual typewriter. Several trials (and even more errors) later, Rose may even be ready for France’s biggest test: the national speed-typing competition! Charmingly stocked like its protagonists’ lunch-hour bars with all manner of vintage delights, Populaire takes its cues from Hollywood’s glamour era of Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Frank Tashlin and Billy Wilder. Filling the screen with an eye-dropping parade of sensational vintage outfits and chic hairstyles, as well as incorporating enough retro pop hits to fill the Brill Building, this My Fair Lady for the speed-typing set is further anchored by François’ performance, which turns her plucky ‘50s heroine into a winning “pre-feminist feminist,” all without missing a key.