The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

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Released 1964

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Director:
Jacques Demy
Released:
1964
Rating:
R

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a 1964 French musical starring Catherine Deneuve as a young girl in love. Director Jacques Demy uses no dialogue, only singing, to tell a bittersweet love story in a colorful depiction of a small town in France. Teenager Genevi''ve (Catherine Deneuve) lives a boring existence with her widowed mother, Madame Emery (Anne Vernon), running an umbrella store in Cherbourg. Then, Guy (Nino Castelnuovo), a handsome young auto mechanic in the neighborhood, captures her attention and the pair begin a passionate romance. Meanwhile, Genevi''ve's mother has noticed that Roland Cassard (Marc Michel), an older and wealthy gentleman, wants to marry the lovely Genevi''ve, which would secure her future. Guy receives a mandatory call to military service in the Algerian War and the young couple consummate their love, resulting in an unexpected pregnancy. After he joins the Army, Genevi''ve does not hear from Guy, so the melancholy young woman to accept Cassard's proposal for marriage and promises to raise the child as his own. Two years later, Guy returns and the former lovers will meet again.

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Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times 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.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A surprisingly effective film, touching and knowing and, like Deneuve, ageless.

  • 70

    Variety

    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]

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Arts, Comedy, Drama, Music

Themes

Classics, Love & Romance, Musicals, Foreign Language