Synopsis: Spring, 1958. 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that's not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift - she can type at extraordinary speed. Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she'll have to compete in a speed typing competition. Whatever sacrifices Rose must make to reach the top, Louis declares himself her trainer. He'll turn her into the fastest girl not only in the country, but in the world! But a love of sport doesn't always mix well with love itself ...
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Director(s): Régis Roinsard
Production: The Weinstein Company
  1 win & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min


Above all,

a secretary is discreet.

She is indispensable,

without being pushy.

An employer

must see efficiency right away.

Wearing glasses is essential.

But my eyesight's fine.

So what?

So's mine.

I wear neutral lenses.

Glasses give an air that says serious

and invisible.

Besides that, you're spot-on.

Natural-looking make-up,

understated hairstyle that stays put,

a hint of perfume...

Soap, if you can't afford perfume.

It's what you wear.

And how you wear it.

What's he like?

Not bad at all.

What's your name again, pumpkin?

Rose Pamphyle, with a Y.

From St Fraimbault.

What brings you here,

Rose Pamphyle with a Y?

St Fraimbault's miles away.

I've always worked in my father's shop.

It's the best in the village.

It's important to be the best.

I've done my time in retail.

Opportunities are rare back home,

if you want to be a secretary.

All the girls do.

It's the latest fashion.

Asecretary means being modern,

meeting people, going round the world,

working for important men...

Work for me

and you'll go round Lisieux.

That's nice for a start.

Reality isn't a magazine.

Bosses don't go on great adventures.

Nor do their secretaries.

Have a safe trip home.

I need this job, Mr Echard.

The only thing I'm good at is typing.

Typing's the minimum requirement.

Using 10 fingers isn't illegal.


How did it go?

People stared at me

like I was an imposter.

I bet no one was prettier than you.

I got the job!

It's only for a week. On trial.


Just imagine!

When do you leave?


Tomorrow, you get engaged.

Price these up before you go, kid.

Yes, sir.

I won't marry Maurice, Dad.

She rejects

the best catch in the village.

Maurice could make her happy.

I can't.

I just wanted to confirm

I've drawn up your estimate and...

The estimate...

Excuse me.

Mr Echard,

I'm not sure I should ask this,

but would you mind

not smoking at work?

Only a law could stop me, pumpkin.

That machine's made for a woman.

Not an elephant.

As I was saying...

I've drawn up your estimate!

Face it, Bob. We have a problem.

The French see problems everywhere.

Up is the way to go.

We didn't rebuild after the war

to make this New York.

People don't like change.

Acar bigger than your office.

Time to move, Taylor.

You can't get rid of me

so easily, Echard.

My Buick and you

make me a happy man.

I have to wait for Rose.

Your new recruit?

How's she doing?

She only started three days ago.

Now, that one

got the job

for more than her professional skills.

Happy birthday to you!

We surprise you every year

and every year it works.

Joe, Simone, come here!

You were just perfect!

No encouragement

from the judges for me?

Marie, I've been telling you you're perfect

ever since primary school.


Make a wish.

I have all I could wish for.

Tell us the story again

of you and Mum

and how you met.

You know it by heart.

When I came fromAmerica

to liberate France...

With thousands of other soldiers.

First, the marines

stormed the beaches of Normandy.

With our help.

Then I parachuted down

behind enemy lines.

Whose barn did he land on?


Maybe so.

But it was me

who got to marry your mummy.

The prettiest girl around.

She still is.

Echard & Sons Insurance!

That's right.

Mr Echard is available every morning.

Thursday at 10?


You are Mr...



I've noted that.

Have a good day.

That's a T, not a D, at the end.

I don't know if it's legible.

Mr and Mrs Blaiseau.

This is Miss Pamphyle,

my new secretary.

Please, this way.

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