When a bakery job falls thru, Lili's subsequent suicide attempt is thwarted by “Carrot-Top,” one of four puppets manned by Paul Berthalet (Ferrer), “the angry man,” bitter that his limp has reduced him to puppeteering on a French midway. He is particularly aloof towards Lili except during his puppets' “conversations” with her, planned spontaneities which have become nightly attractions. Through this improvisation, she and Paul can communicate their true feelings as well as introduce the song, ‘Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo” (Best Score Oscar). Although not a musical, the film contains a wistful ballet sequence which showcases Caron's dancing, as well as develops the inevitability that a talented war hero is indeed a better choice for Lili than is Marc (Aumont), the vain womanizing magician who flaunts Lili's childlike advances. When Lili learns that Marc is married, she tries to escape but a second dream sequence hastens her growth to adulthood.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Angry Jim Magin
After her father dies and leaves her an orphan, Lili befriends a stranger and follows him to the circus, his place of work. After becoming a waitress at the magician show, she is fired for not concentrating on her work and considers suicide. Before she climbs a tall ladder, Paul the puppeteer talks her out of it by using his hand puppets. She releases all her pent-up emotions to these sensitive characters. Lili is rehired by the circus to perform with the puppets for an audience, talking and singing with them in a very sincere way. She continues to talk to the puppets as real people, even when not working, not seeing the man behind them who has fallen in love with her.
The review of this Movie prepared by Sara Embrey