The Umbrellas of Cherbourg Poster

Release Date: 1964

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 31 min

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: Romance, Musical

Production Co: Parc Film, Beta Film GmbH

Keywords: France, Moving, Growing up, Husband, Melodramatic, Emotional, 1950s, Love, Love triangle, 1960s, Wife, Small town

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

  • 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

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

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Nominated Writing (Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Foreign Language Film
Nominated Music (Music Score - Substantially Original)
Nominated Music (Song)
Nominated Music (Scoring of Music -- Adaptation or Treatment)