Cinema: Esso Operetta

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a triumph of taste, spirit and style over a plot drenched with soulful cliches. This splashy, sparkling French musical, in which every word is sung, is attuned to the sensibilities of sad young lovers who like to contemplate futility while walking barefoot in the rain. The film delights the eye, but it gives the mind very little to feed upon.

In rainy Cherbourg, Genevieve (Catherine Deneuve) keeps slipping away from her mother's umbrella shop to meet an ardent garage mechanic, Guy (Nino Castelnuovo). Guy goes off to the war...

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