Conclusion: Populaire is a light and very beautiful period comedy that is perfect to see with someone special. The film arrives on Blu-ray framed in 1.85:1, not in its original aspect ratio of 2.39:1, but the framing is actually very convincing. Despite the fact that there is a French Blu-ray release which apparently has the film present in 2.39:1, I wonder if the new framing for the UK release is intentional. I will try to get additional information from and will update the review.
Excerpt: A candy-coated French throwback to the Hollywood rom-coms of the ’50s—especially the ones starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day— Populaire is old-fashioned in more than just its pastel color scheme. Set in 1958, the film drops prospective sweethearts into the archaic arena of speed typing, where swift-handed secretaries compete to see who has the fastest fingers in the business.
Excerpt: Candy-colored to a potentially cavity-causing degree, Populaire is a bubbly regurgitation of retrograde romantic comedy tropes and reactionary sexual politics. It's 1958, and pretty young thing Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François) is eager to escape her small French village, as well as a perfunctory marriage proposal and her father's pharmacy, in hopes of becoming a city-dwelling secretary.