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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a 1968 film by Jacques Demy (who, incidently, was married one of my favourite filmmakers, Agnes Varda), and is remarkable in that every single line in the script, even the most casual conversation, is sung!  A young Catherine Deneuve, so beautiful and innocent, stars as a girl working in her mother's umbrella shop, who falls madly in love with an auto mechanic, and everything is wonderfully romantic, until the mechanic is drafted into the army, and goes off to war.  The ending of this film broke my heart, not because it was sad, but because it wasn't.  It's more realistic, not tragic at all, and there was something very sad, very bittersweet about that.  I don't want to give it all away, so just see this film.  The colours are amazingly rich and vibrant, and once you get used to everyone singing everything, it is a purely unique experience.


 

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