Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
Described by director Jacques Demy as ‘a film in song', with the fabulous score by French jazz composer Michael Legrand, the film pays homage to the Hollywood musical in this masterpiece of French New Wave cinema.
Guy Foucher (Nino Castelnuovo), a 20-year-old French auto mechanic, has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery (Catherine Deneuve, which catapulted her to international stardom), 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, the pair share a passionate night. Geneviève becomes pregnant and then must choose between waiting for Guy's return or accepting an attractive offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant (Marc Michel, ‘Lola’). Unlike most Hollywood musicals, there's no conventionally uplifting resolution, more a bitter-sweet acceptance of happiness' transience and fate's unexpected workings and made even more magical by Michael Legrand’s memorable score. (Subtitles)
France 1964 Jacques Demy 91m