A lovely over the top concoction that practically makes you throw up rainbows and candy. The colours are explosive yet harmonious, and the music has this undertone of melancholia. Mixed with the visuals it makes this a strange but also completely logical and fluent film. I never thought I would like this, but the subtle parody of Hollywood musicals while at the same time paying tribute to them was impressive.
The transporter bridge in the beginning (Pont Transbordeur de Rochefort) is the best part of the movie. The french must have their own definition of muscial i.e. "a continues flow of boring music accompanied by awkward dancing". Watch this and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (made by the same director & composer and with the same Deneuve) and all other musicals will look great by comparison.
One of the great European musicals: Michel Legrand's score is surprisingly manifold in incorporating different stylistic features. Norman Maen did a great job in creating the choreography (strongly influenced by the 1961 "West Side Story" choreography of Jerome Robbins). And the mostly colorful (but also - in the piano - store, white) set and costume design ensures an artificial and somewhat dreamlike atmosphere.
lots of colour and movement in this cute musical by the inimitable Demy - shades of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg - songs about love and regret, sailors and dance troupes in close fitting costumes and beatle boots, highly recommended for a laugh and maybe even a few tears brought on by reflections on love lost, found and reimagined in the bright sunlight of Rochefort
I had no idea what to expect as I did not research this film or read the credits. I just pressed play. I'm not a big musical fan and started off being unimpressed. but I grew to really like this film. Light hearted, colourful and a story line that is simple but endearing. Too superficial to be realistic yet very watchable for its optimism and energy. Great entertainment.
Definitely feel good and fun, but I personally can't stand those everyone-is-connected-somehow-and-they-don't-even-know-it type plots. Too bad, because the musical numbers were such a joy to watch, especially Gene Kelly's. Fantastic costume design as well.