Monday, June 20, 2016

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a 1964 French musical film. It's directed by Jacques Demy and stars Catherine Deneuve. This is a beautiful film -stunning to watch- and a touching story. It'll bring you to tears if you let it.


"I Will Wait for You":

Watch it online via Vimeo.

Slant Magazine opens a 4 out of 4 star review with this: "Deceptively simple in form and, despite its swooning sentiment, knowing about the fluid complications of amour, Jacques Demy's The Umbrellas of Cherbourg retains its direct appeal to the eyes, ears, and tear ducts after nearly 50 years, with an emotionalism that's shameless but never crass."

Roger Ebert says, "When she made "Umbrellas" for the French director Jacques Demy, Deneuve was 20, and her work in this film was a flowering that introduced one of the great stars of modern French cinema" and concludes, "it is remembered as a bold original experiment, and now that it is restored and back in circulation, it can also be remembered as a surprisingly effective film, touching and knowing and, like Deneuve, ageless."

It's included in the book 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. Rotten Tomatoes has a critics score of 98%.


  1. Watched the clips. Especially liked the visual of all the umbrellas in the opening of the second one. Not sure I could make it through the whole film with the subtitles though.

    1. My husband's the same way about subtitles, while they don't bother me at all. It does make it to where I can't watch a movie while I do something else like I do so often with English-language films.

  2. This film sounds wonderful and I need to check it out this summer. Catherine Deneuve is a great actress. Perfect for my summer afternoon down time. Hope you had a good journey. Hugs-Erika

    1. I hope you enjoy it. She is something to watch, isn't she! Yes, we had a good trip, thx :)