The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) Reviews
August 27, 2020
Though the scenario adopts the styling of a tragedy, the music stays consistently peppy, never quite giving in to the dramatic sincerity of the seemingly doomed couple.
August 16, 2020
The perfect collision of bold cinematic style, warmly-embraced melodrama, and emotional precision.
August 6, 2020
A sweeping love story about a young romance succumbing to the stark realities of life and the inevitability of growing up.
July 26, 2020
It has one of the best endings in all of cinema - if it doesn't break your heart, nothing will.
April 6, 2020
Charm may be in the eye of the beholder, but if you don't find this movie irresistible, you should get your eyesight checked.
February 5, 2020
What makes Les Parapluies a delight is its almost total involvement with the cinematic medium; its delight in color, movement and gesture; the making of fantasy out of the most common objects of modern existence.
December 6, 2019
Deneuve brings to the film her own subtly erotic discontent and muted sadness.
December 4, 2019
The film boasts music by Michel Legrand and token gusts of New Wave realism, lightened and made lithe for a lighter-footed genre. (The heroine loves a car mechanic.) Add colour photography to dazzle.
September 30, 2019
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg affixes its gaze on the fairy-tale notion that true love will conquer all, but instead it offers a sobering view on broken hearts and how we survive such ordeals and become stronger.
June 4, 2019
Demy sends his two lovers soaring before bringing them back to earth, and the effect is at once wise, rapturous, and heartrending. It's pure perfection.
March 2, 2018
The candy colored sets suggests the great Hollywood musicals: bright, clean, a utopian world, but with a distinctly French flavor. Instead of elaborate numbers we get intimate staging where every movement becomes like a dance...
April 1, 2017
Demy's pragmatic, hopeful message is that our heartbreak and sadness are, like our joy, just things we take with us.
July 28, 2014
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.
May 1, 2014
It's so pink this film. If you want a selection of wallpapers to choose from, this film has just about every single one. I think it's lovely.
March 13, 2014
It continues to charm and delight for the same reasons it did back in 1964.
February 9, 2014
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is inspired as much by Ren Clair's innovative French classic of 1930, Sous les toits de Paris, and the prewar Pagnol Marseilles trilogy (Marius/Fanny/Csar) as by Hollywood.
January 9, 2014
It is a small picture, a boutique musical. But it's lovely.