This colorful, iconic Palme d’Or-winning musical stars Catherine Deneuve as a naive umbrella store owner’s teenage daughter who falls madly in love with a boy who is shipped off to fight in the Algerian War.
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A masterpiece of French cinema. I dont think any other country could produce such a film really, Catherine is a dream, and she just lifts the film to a different level (essentially cementing her career in the process). Demy did similar work in the 80s with A Room In Town, but this is the film to see for "sing-song" dialogue at its best. 5 easy stars, although I think Young Girls of Roquefort is a notch above.
Colorful brilliance. The final sequence is unshakable and I was humming the music for days. I wanted so badly for Guy and Genevieve to be together - but this movie is an example that sometimes it is simply not meant to be.
luscious cinematography and hilariously sung dialogue aside, it is such a breath of fresh air to watch a love story whose moral is less There's One True Love For Everyone and more There Are Lots of Great People Out There and Love is Complicated So Just Fucking Grow Up Already
Saw this for the first time and was lucky enough to see it on the big screen in 35mm. Speaking as someone whose taste in movies swing pretty much the polar opposite direction as this film, I must say, I absolutely adored it.
Another bittersweet film gem of Jacques Demy. Although Michel Legrand's score is a bit simple in melodic invention and lacks the manifold stylistic features he achieved three years later in "Les demoiselles de Rochefort" and even though the actors mostly aren't very good in singing, the film is really delightful to watch and presents many fine details (especially the set design and the colors).
Naturally, it would be the French who would utilize the sweeping romanticism of the musical genre to tell an understated, melancholy story in which our central characters come to the bittersweet realization that life isn't always about achieving happiness...a most unsentimental, most un-Hollywood notion. This is a masterful expression of irony as visually sumptuous as a Parisian shop of brightly-colored confections.