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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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.