I have my Uncle Terry to thank for introducing me to a little known French musical called Les Parapluies de Cherbourg.
Made in 1964, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg is directed by Jacques Demy and stars a fresh-faced Catherine Deneuve. It won the coveted Palme D’or and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1965 Academy Awards. This film is everything I wish Paris and romance could be.
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg tells the story of 17 year old Geneviève (Deneuve), who lives with her widowed mother. They own an umbrella shop in Cherbourg (shocking, right?), where they nag each other a lot in song. Geneviève falls in love With Guy (Nino Castelnuovo) and they plan to marry, but fate and an impending war separate the pair. Also, Geneviève wears a lot of pastels. It’s major, just trust me.
I can totes relate.
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg is simply one of the most romantic films of all time. Its aesthetics have all the daintiness and deliciousness of a macaron. The actors are young, hopeful, and vulnerable. This film makes me want to mack on a solider, sing about my ennui, and wear a trench coat – all at the same time.
I highly recommend giving this a watch. If the fab assortment of hats don’t get you, the sheer joy of the music, romance, and France will. I also recommend eating an entire baguette while watching; it really gives it an authentic feel.
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