A Checkout Girl’s Big Adventures (SIFF 2012)

A Checkout Girl’s Big Adventures is an adorable French romantic comedy centering on Solweig, a young woman who had studied literature and dreamt of becoming a teacher, but who is now employed as a grocery store checkout girl by necessity: an accident left her father in a coma and she now has to make a living to support herself and her 10-year-old brother. Solweig is distressed by the poor treatment of checkout girls not only at her store, but all around Paris. They are  picked on and mistreated by their superiors and looked down on by customers. She lets off steam about her frustrations by writing an eloquent but anonymous blog “MissCheckingOut.com”. Her sentiments spark a fire in checkout girls around the country and start protests and go on strike, and supermarket managers and journalists are eager to expose the checkout girl behind the blog. Alongside her work trials, we also see Solweig falling in love with her Prince Charming, who stops to help when she falls in the snowy street one night, but then disappears.

This is a very polished and entertaining movie that provides both food for thought (about how “lower class” workers are treated) as well as whimsical romance. The characters are well-rounded and their interactions seem sincere. I highly recommend this movie for a feel-good romantic comedy escape.

Provided Film Synopsis
A young store clerk vents her frustrations via an anonymous satirical blog, generating a mad frenzy to uncover her true identity by her employer and the media in this enchanting yet reality-grounded romantic fable.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Pierre Rambaldi
  • Cast Members:

    • Déborah François
    • Elsa Zylberstein
    • Firmine Richard
    • Gilles Cohen
    • Nicolas Giraud
  • Countries:

    • France
  • Languages:

    • French
  • Genres:

    • Romance
    • Romantic Comedy