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Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Catherine Deneuve , Nino Castelnuovo , Anne Vernon , Marc Michel , Ellen Farner , Mireille Perrey , Jean Champion , Pierre Caden

Director: Jacques Demy

Genres: Musical, Romance

Distributor: Criterion Collection, Zeitgeist Films, Wellspring Media

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

Release Date: February 19th, 1964|1 hr. 31 min.

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

  • 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. show more

  • By inflating the life of a common shop girl into a musical spectacle, Demy succeeds in turning a tedious existence into a fantasy, yet he and cinematographer Jean Rabier and art director Bernard Evein do so without creating a false world. [review of original release] show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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