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Home Again. Not just a movie, but a house. You *have* to see this…

I was lucky enough to see a preview of Home Again, starring Reese Witherspoon and directed by Nancy Meyers. Now, I make no pretence of being a film critic (although read on for my review), but what I am is an amateur interiors critic. And the interiors in this movie are insanely good. The Home Again house might actually be my dream home.…

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I do love a retro rom com. Especially if it’s chic-ly French, properly witty, finely acted and impeccably styled. All of which puts Populaire right at the top of the must-see-this-now list. Plus it’s, quietly, a bit of a tale of female empowerment (within the confines of its 1950s-set era) – and heaven knows we could do with pretty much anything along these lines in the month when Disney saw fit to turn warrior princess Merida into a bit of sexed-up passive wuss. (Does this irk you as much as it does me? You can sign the petition to protest against it here.) Rose (Déborah Francois, channelling Grace Kelly’s look and Katharine Hepburn’s chutzpah) is the small-town grocer’s girl with big-city ambitions. She applies for a job as a secretary (oh-kay, so it’s not exactly breaking the glass ceiling, but bear with me) to Louis (Romain Duris). Upon spotting her superhuman typing skills, Duris signs her up and proceeds to take her under his wing – and in training for a regional secretary competition, from whence she will climb the career ladder. And perhaps fall in love. (Why am I pretending? Or course she falls in love with him. And of course he is a…