Sunday 02 November 1997
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (PG). Drenched in garish, hyperreal colours, Jacques Demy's 1964 musical hasn't aged particularly well - which may be part of the appeal for its fans. Left pregnant when her mechanic boyfriend departs for military service in Algeria, Catherine Deneuve's young shop-girl reluctantly marries a diamond merchant. All the dialogue - mainly crushingly banal - is set to music (a sappy score by Michel Legrand). A bittersweet tale that's mostly sugary, it's best seen as a pop-art curio, or, if you prefer, as a triumph of deranged interior decoration.
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