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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Dir. Jacques Demy France 91 min

1964 Criterion Collection

In French with English Subtitles

About the Film

Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve), a beautiful young Frenchwoman who works at a small-town boutique selling umbrellas, falls for dashing mechanic Guy (Nino Castelnuovo). Their brief romance is interrupted when Guy is drafted to serve in the Algerian War. Though pregnant by Guy, Geneviève marries an older businessman, Roland (Marc Michel), and begins to move on with her life. Throughout the musical film, all the characters' dialogue is conveyed through song.

The Reviews Are In

"Charm may be in the eye of the beholder, but if you don't find this movie irresistible, you should get your eyesight checked."

-Adam Nayman, The Ringer

"What's so overpoweringly beautiful about The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg is that it matches human-scaled feelings of regret with the color and intensity of the movies Demy loved as a boy."

-Noel Murray, The Dissolve

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