I think I could only watch this movie about once every five years. It's a musical, although more operatic, because everything is sung. And it's all in French. So it's not like Broadway musical that you think of when someone says musical. The music itself feels like what you would expect to hear in a French cafe on the streets of Paris. It felt slightly inappropriate at times, but for the most part it was ok. The acting was second-had to the singing and the story line in this. But I was impressed with it nonetheless. The story is good too. It starts out with a girl and a boy hopelessly in love. She's 17, he's 20, and hasn't served his military term yet. So when he gets drafted he goes away for two years. Just before he leaves, she and her mother get 'rescued' by a jewel dealer who is involved in other ways later in the story, which I won't say, but is rather obvious.
It's a sad story, and a little depressing, but still enjoyable, on a once every 5 years basis.