16-year-old Genevieve and 20-year-old Guy are very much in love. Her kind mother, who runs an umbrella shop, won't hear of her marrying, particularly as Guy has yet to complete his compulsory military service. Genevieve is heartbroken when he leaves for his army service in colonial Algeria and is upset to have received only one letter from him in two months. Her mother's solution to this situation is kind diamond-merchant Roland Cassard, who has helped them in the past.Written by
All the dialogue in the film is sung. It's known as a "sung-through" musical. See more »
During the train departure sequence, a very featured lady saying goodbye to her lover clearly looks at the camera as the two protagonists pass by singing. See more »
You have no family. Don't you want to stay here?
What will I do?
You'll help me. I'll be lonely.
You don't need anyone.
I need you, Madeleine.
Why don't you just say you don't like being alone? I don't see what I could do. I have no influence over you.
That's not true.
I don't like what you've become. You hang around with nothing to do. You're sad and bitter.
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I saw this movie in 1964 when I was 11 years old. It was my introduction to heartbreaking love and this movie probably influenced my love life or how I imagined love was supposed to be. My mother had to lead me from the theatre when it was over because I was blinded with tears. Many years passed until I was able to order the film in VHS and watch it again (about 3 years ago). I still love it. The vivid colors, Genevieve and Guy's beauty and youth, and the beautiful score by Michele LeGrande combine to transport you to a magical place. I loved the fact that every word was sung, but it was not like opera at all. After a few minutes it was as if every word is always sung and talking doesn't exist. Catherine Deneuve was so beautiful! I love this movie and highly recommend it.
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