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|Paul Calori & Kostia Testut
Julie and the Shoe Factory
(Sur quel pied danser)
In French with English subtitles
Suitable for audiences all ages
|A musical comedy about the struggles of striking workers might impress some as a specifically French form of entertainment, but at its core Julie and the Shoe Factory represents a relatably whimsical coming-of-age tale about a young woman's search for her place in the world.
Filmmakers Paul Calori and Kostia Testut's inclination to blend social realism and musical fantasy clearly favors the latter in their depiction of unemployed twentysomething Julie, who takes the only job that she can find working at the local shoe factory in her small southeastern city after her dismissal from a thankless retail position. Her change of luck prompts the film's first musical number, when Julie bursts into song as she feels her prospects improving, since Jacques Couture isn't just any ladies' footwear designer. For decades the factory's luxury shoes have adorned the feet of Paris' most style-conscious women, but the practicalities of the workplace and ready-to-wear fashions have reduced demand, while competition from cheaper imports is pressuring the firm's bottom line.
Justin Lowe / The Hollywood Reporter
Director: Paul Calori & Kostia Testut
Paul Calori (born in 1978) and Kostia Testut (born in 1980) are two French directors and screenwriters. Julie and the Shoe Factory is the first full-length feature film that they have directed together.
|Screenplay: Paul Calori & Kostia Testut
Music: Olivier Daviaud
Choreographer: Nasser Martin-Gousset
Cast: Pauline Etienne, Olivier Chantreau, François Morel, Loïc Corbery, Julie Victor, Clémentine Yelnik, Vladimir Granov
Production: Xavier Delmas / Loin Derrière l'Oural
Sales: Films Boutique