almost 4 years
Seems mawkish/juvenile at first, but the climax is brilliantly bleak and human and French.
over 4 years
Unique yet oddly unmemorable. Actors "singing" their lines in French, visual candy.
over 5 years
One of the best films I've ever seen.
over 6 years
French musical about young love. Lovely film, but some elements have dated badly
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (French: Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) is a 1964 French musical film directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo. The music was written by Michel Legrand. The film dialogue is all sung as recitative, even the most casual conversation.
Umbrellas is the middle film in an informal "romantic trilogy" of Demy films that share some of the same actors, characters and overall look; it comes after Lola (1961) and before The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967). The film was very successful in France with a total of 1,274,958 admissions.
Madame Emery and her 17-year-old daughter Geneviève (Deneuve) sell umbrellas at their tiny boutique in the coastal town of Cherbourg in Normandy, France. Geneviève is in love with 20-year-old Guy (Castelnuovo), a handsome, young auto mechanic who lives with and cares for his sickly aunt, godmother Elise. Her quiet, dedicated, young care-giver, Madeleine (Ellen Farner), is clearly in love with Guy. Subsequently,...