Footnotes

| September 19, 2017

Inspired by the films of Jacques Demy and Stanley Donen, Footnotes is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie, a young woman struggling to make ends meet in France’s radically changing economy. Living out of a backpack, Julie spends her days jumping from job to job until she’s finally offered a temporary stockroom position at a women’s luxury shoe factory. After making friends with the boss’s spunky receptionist Sophie and the ever-charming factory truck driver Samy, Julie thinks the hard times are behind her. But Julie’s dreams of stability collapse when management threatens to close down the factory. As her intrepid group of female colleagues get together to go on strike, Samy and the other truck drivers decide to side with the company’s scheming CEO. Julie must choose whether to keep a low profile (and a shot at permanent employment) or to resist and fight back on the picket line.

This film was delightfully surprising, in that I loved it when the cast would jump off into song, as opposed to being bored when the singing began. The background of it being in a shoe factory and showing some of the history of shoemaking or cobbling was interesting. I felt for Julie because she just can’t seem to get her rhythm, and she needed cash to pay for her lodging at a run down hotel.

Her association with Samy is a dangerous one, because in the beginning she is head over heels in love, and he doesn’t necessarily have the same feelings for her. He is only interested in doing his job, which is to help management close the shoe factory, which is located on the outskirts of Paris.

After scheming and going to Paris to voice their displeasure with the head of the shoe company, the women are lulled into a state of comfort by the owner’s persuasive musical number. However, eventually, they come to their senses and figure out a surefire plan to keep the shoe factory open.

What ensues is an homage to history with a re-invention of a classic red loafer that has women all of the area yearning for this new footwear. Footnotes is a nice, quaint story that pays tribute to the mastery cobbling skills of long ago. The songs are great, and the choreography is especially appealing.

Footnotes will be released nationwide on VOD and other platforms on September 19. For more information, visit https://www.footnotesfilm.com

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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