Sisters are doing it for themselves. And when they're as beautiful and fascinating as Catherine Deneuve and Francoise Dorléac, who's going to complain? In their continuing series devoted to the iconic French actresses and sisters, the French Institute screens this evening Agnès Varda's The Young Girls Turn 25, a tribute to The Young Girls of Rochefort made to celebrate the film's silver anniversary in 1993.

les_demoiselles_.jpgLike the '60s pop musical fantasia the Umbrellas of Cherbourg, director Jacques Demy and composer Michel Legrand took the conventions of the big screen Hollywood musical and turned them on their head. But in a loving and humorous way, which is meant to delight the musical lover not mock us. As a less known, though arguably equally important member of the French New Wave, director Varda collaborated with her husband Demy on the original Rochefort and following his death compiled the old footage and new material she shot of the cast for the Young Girls Turn 25. Difficult to find on DVD, this movie is certainly worth a trip to the Upper East Side.

Les demoiselles ont eu 25 ans plays today at 12:30, 3:30, 6:30 and 9 pm. The French Institute is located at Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street (between Park and Madison Aves). Tickets cost $9.