Beautiful Genevive (Deneuve), daughter of the proprietress of the eponymous brolly shop, and Guy (Castelnuovo), a garage mechanic just drafted to fight in Algeria pledge their love before he goes, but she doesn't say she's pregnant. While he's away, she enters into a marriage of convenience with a jeweller, prompting Guy, on his return, to hook up with the dutiful girl who attended his dying mother,
Catherine Deneuve won the Best Actress prize at Cannes, but the vocal performances of the entire ensemble are impeccable. Pure cinematic magic.
Reviewed by Kim Newman
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