Will always be my favorite of his. I saw it first in my late teens and it expanded what movies could be for me.
Every time I watch it I like it more. It utilizes the artifice of the music to translate what it feels like to live.
One of my favorite films as a child, it doesn’t hold up on the whole, though the few standout songs still are great. The story is a bit tedious and you again get a Disney protagonist that is pretty bland, especially in comparisons to their surroundings. Perhaps this is intentional, a kind of straight-man for the children to identify with, but it doesn’t make great viewing as an adult.
It carries a great mix of tone, both a warm humanist piece and a sharp satire.
Still my favorite Demy film, it might not be as moving as Umbrellas, but it is so technically flawless that it wins me over every time. The set design, costumes, cinematography, music – this is what my films would look like if I ever had a real budget.