The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
A heartrending all-sung musical about young lovers pulled apart by parental ambition and war.
Dir Jacques Demy
Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel
France-West Germany 1964. 93min
Jacques Demy’s marvellous all-sung musical pits a young couple’s deep passion for one another against an interfering mother, the Algerian War and economic realities – not to mention unexpected pregnancy. That the insights into the strength of love and mutual trust are bittersweet and ironic makes Demy’s absolute commitment to Legrand’s romantic score, the saturated colours and the hints of fairy tale all the more beguiling.