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Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (2004)

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Critic Consensus: Jacques Demy elevates the basic drama of everyday life into a soaring opera full of bittersweet passion and playful charm, featuring a timeless performance from Catherine Deneuve.

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Jacques Demy's 1964 masterpiece is a pop-art opera, or, to borrow the director's own description, a film in song. This simple romantic tragedy begins in 1957. Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (a luminous Catherine Deneuve), an employee in her widowed mother's chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, he and Geneviève make love. She becomes pregnant and must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel, reprising his role from Demy's masterful debut, Lola). A completely sung movie, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is closest in form to a cinematic opera. Composer Michel Legrand composed the score, modeling it around the patterns of everyday conversation. Umbrellas was re-released in 1997.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Jacques Demy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 28, 1997
Runtime:
Zeitgeist Films

Cast

Catherine Deneuve
as Genevieve Emery
Nino Castelnuovo
as Guy Foucher
Marc Michel
as Roland Cassard
Ellen Farner
as Madeleine
Anne Vernon
as Madame Emery
Mireille Perrey
as Aunt Elise
Pierre Caden
as Bernard
Bernard Fradet
as Gas Station Apprenti...
Michel Benoist
as Umbrella Shop Custom...
Philippe Dumat
as Garage Customer
Harald Wolff
as Monsieur Dubourg
Dorothée Blank
as Girl in Sailors' Caf...
Jane Carat
as Jenny/Genevieve
Bernard Garnier
as Garage Mechanic
Francois Charet
as Garage Mechanic
Jacques Camelinat
as Garage Customer
Roger Perrinoz
as Cafe Proprietor
Paul Pavel
as First Removal Man
Gisele Grandpre
as Madame Germaine
Rosalie Varda
as Francoise Cassard
Francois Foucher
as Herve Legrand
Dorothée Blanc
as Girl in Cafe
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Critic Reviews for Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (15)

It continues to charm and delight for the same reasons it did back in 1964.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It is a small picture, a boutique musical. But it's lovely.

Full Review… | January 9, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

As spun-sugar holiday treats go, "Umbrellas" is hard to resist.

Full Review… | December 27, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Seemingly banal and sentimental on the surface, [director Jacques] Demy has avoided these aspects by tasteful handling and the right balance in emotion, compassion and narrative.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Umbrellas makes escapist play with the stuff of kitchen-sink social realism.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Not only has he resurrected the quaint and artificial device of having the dialogue set to music and unrealistically sung, but he uses this operatic method to tell a story that is so banal... it wouldn't get beyond a reader in Hollywood.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

½

I've tried to watch this thing over and over again through the years, based on its reputation, but once they would start singing my attention would wander and I'd either fall asleep or leave it. My faux pas, baby, my big frickin' faux pas. Better than nearly 98% of musicals out there simply on theory alone, this very human arc of a love affair manages to comment as well on the art form of musicals, of romances, and even on tourism. And does it in another language. Truly a well deserved reputation on this one, try to get through it and NOT see yourself and all your previous romances, I dare you.

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Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

A full-on musical. Singing from start to finish, all 90 minutes. All scored, no talking, total commitment. The production design is also awesome enough to give Wes Anderson a hard-on.

How successful is it? Very. It's not without it's flaws, but it's very watchable.

kenstachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

The colors, the picaresque locales, the entirely sung dialogue, and the angel that is Catherine Deneuve! "The Umbrellas of Cherbourgh" is 90 minutes of cinematic joy. Simple human melodrama made engaging, profound, and unforgettable in the hands of a master (Demy). If the ending doesn't make you weep then I guess you're just not human. A classic musical and easily one of the finest ever crafted.

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Michael S

Super Reviewer

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