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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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.
A gem. A penny plain story of young love split asunder is here transformed into a heightened piece of supreme melodrama. Finding musicality and colour in the drabbest moment or locale, Demy lifts the banal to new heights of expressionism in this insistently focused film and utilises one of the most gloriously gaudy colour pallets yet captured on film.