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22 August 2013 by Frank Allen

Taking its name from the legendary typewriter - the Japy Populaire - used in the film, this frothy romance zips along, powered by pleasing performances from Romain Duris and Deborah Francois.

He's Louis Echard, a debonair 1950sNormandy insurance salesman who advertises for a secretary to work in his busy office...but gets smalltown grocer's daughter Rose (Francois) instead.

She's willing...but not able yet manages to wrangle a position by virtue of her insanely fast typing speeds, a skill Louis seeks to exploit by sending her into the local - and then national - speed-typing championships.

There's an attractive coyness about this - Rose moves into Louis' house to practice yet their romance takes time to ignite (Louis is still infatuated with his childhood sweetheart, The Artist's Berenice Bejo).

Another strength is the look of the movie, particularly during the manic typing competitions as the action cuts between the competing secretaries as they rattle the keys in an all-out war.