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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg(Les parapluies de Cherbourg)

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France, West Germany

1964

Rated PG-13 • 1h 31m

Director Jacques Demy

Starring Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Mireille Perrey

Genre Drama, Romance

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Guy Foucher, a 20-year-old mechanic, is in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery, an employee in her mother's umbrella shop. After he leaves for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, Geneviève realizes she’s pregnant. Now she must decide between waiting for Guy's return or accepting a proposal from a wealthy merchant.

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My favorite musical! The use of colors in the film are amazing - especially how the wallpapers of each room coordinate with the actor's costumes in each scene.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

70

Variety by

It takes nerve to make a pic in which all dialog is sung. Also, there is no dancing and this is not a filmed operetta or opera. [review of original release]
90

Washington Post by Desson Thomson

Demy, his cinematographer Jean Rabier and production designer Bernard Evein created an operatic masterpiece of romanticism, which makes a modest but effective antidote to the harsh era of cynicism that has pervaded world cinema ever since.
88

ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Although most movies favor passion and true love, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg shows that another less demanding, more subtle kind of love has its own appeal.
70

Village Voice by Jessica Winter

The wonderful-terrible dervish of Umbrellas reaches peak abandon, worthy of Vincente Minnelli, when Geneviève sobs out a plaint for Guy as a carnival whirls outside the shop.
100

Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

A heartfelt, passionate, tragic musical suite made up of these formulas, which the film both celebrates and wryly examines to discover their inner logic: how they actually work, what they do and don't do.
90

Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg has stood the test of time as beautifully as Deneuve and seems likely to enchant future generations as fully as it has audiences over the past four decades.

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