Les Parapluies de Cherbourg

Director

  • Jacques Demy

Starring

  • Catherine Deneuve
  • Nino Castelnuovo
  • Anne Vernon
  • Marc Michel

Characters

  • Geneviève Émery
  • Guy Foucher
  • Madame Emery
  • Aunt Élise
  • Roland Cassard
  • Madeleine
  • Aubin
  • Bernard
  • Jean

Brief Summary

Madame Emery and her daughter Geneviève sell umbrellas at their little boutique in the coastal town of Cherbourg in Normandy, France. Geneviève is in love with Guy, a handsome young auto mechanic who lives with and cares for his sickly aunt and godmother Elise along with her quiet, dedicated, care-giver, Madeleine, a young woman who clearly loves Guy. Subsequently, though, Guy is drafted, and must leave to fight in the Algerian War.

The night before he leaves, he and Geneviève make love. She becomes pregnant, and feels abandoned, as he does not write often. At her mother's insistence, she marries thirtyish Roland Cassard, a quietly handsome Parisian jeweler who falls in love with Geneviève and is willing to wed her, even though she is carrying another man's child. When Guy returns with a leg injury, he learns that Geneviève has married and left Cherbourg, and that the umbrella store is gone.
When he returns to his apartment, Madeleine tells him tearfully that his godmother has died. He sees that Madeleine loves him, and cleans up his life with her encouragement. With an inheritance from his aunt, he is able to finance to own a new "American-style" Esso gas station. He asks Madeleine to marry him, and she accepts, though she wonders if he is asking her from despair at Geneviève's actions.

See Also

  • Lola

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