the umbrellas of cherbourg

This candy-colored musical (yes musical—there is no talking) starts Catherine Denevue as a young woman smitten with the blush of first love. Her more practical mother would prefer the young ingenue choose a more stable and wealthy man. This bittersweet love story, and ultimately rumination on first love, first lust, and the greater commitment of relationships has it all: a beautiful heroine, a handsome and tragic hero, and copious singing in the original language of love. [France, 1964]