September 04, 2004

Les parapluies de Cherbourg by Jacques Demy, 1964

what an astonishing experience! i was floored when i saw that every single everyday language would be sung. and not always on-key either. but -- the film fuckin' works! not because of some Amélie-like charm. the film has charm but fuck these reviews who mention Amélie in the same sentence. that film had exhuberance, and it worked, don't get me wrong. i'm just saying this film has another kind of charm. Catherine Deneuve just shines as the young girl caught yearning for her lover. and the songs will carry you (from start to finish, no less). and there's a melancholy inherent in the whole pece that i was surprised, and happy, to find. ah, god. i can't really explain it all. just rent it. it won't change your life but you'll definitely be happy to experience this film for ninety minutes, trust me. [ 8.5 ]

Posted by Sam | 9:45 AM |