In this musical melodrama set against the backdrop of a workers' strike in Nantes, Dominique Sanda plays a young woman who wishes to leave her brutish husband (Michel Piccoli) for an earthy steelworker (Richard Berry), though he is involved with another. Unbeknownst to the girl, the object of her affection boards with her no-nonsense baroness mother (Danielle Darrieux). A late-career triumph from Jacques Demy, Une chambre en ville received nine César Award nominations and features a rich, operatic score by Michel Colombier.
Jacques Demy, A to Z, a new visual essay by film critic James Quandt
Q&A with Demy from the 1987 Midnight Sun Film Festival
Filmmaker Agnès Varda's 1995 documentary The World of Jacques Demy
Varda's 1993 documentary The Young Girls Turn 25 (DVD Only)