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.