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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (PG)

27-29 December

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Guy, a car mechanic, has fallen in love with Geneviève, an employee in her widowed mother’s chic but financially embattled umbrella shop. On the evening before Guy is to leave for a tour of combat in Algeria, the two share a passionate night, resulting in Geneviève’s pregnancy. She must choose between waiting for Guy’s return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant.

Described by Jacques Demy as 'a film in song', the visually intoxicating The Umbrellas of Cherbourg pays homage to the Hollywood musical and has been a major influence on directors including Damien Chazelle and Wes Anderson.

Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. #bfimusicals

Pure cinematic magic

★★★★★ Empire
  • Director Jacques Demy
  • Cast Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon
  • Certification U
  • Running time 1h31m
  • Country France
  • Language French with English subtitles
  • Year of production 1964
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