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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Catherine Deneuve
Anne Vernon
Nino Castelnuovo
Directors
Jacques Demy
Screenwriters
Jacques Demy
Running Time
92 minutes

The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg
A touching musical rendition of a sweet 1950s French love story


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Plot
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,


Verdict
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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