7.8/10
2,060
26 user 14 critic

Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama | 21 November 1962 (France)
After killing a child when his plane crashes in a Vietnamese village, Pierre suffers from delayed stress and partial amnesia. Returning to France, he lives like a vegetable until he meets a... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(scenario), (scenario) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Slovakia during WW2. Tono lives a poor life, but the authorities offer him to take over the Jewish widow Lautman's little shop for sewing material. She is old and confused and thinks that ... See full summary »

Directors: Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos
Stars: Ida Kaminska, Jozef Kroner, Hana Slivková
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform.

Director: Jirí Menzel
Stars: Václav Neckár, Josef Somr, Vlastimil Brodský
Rapture (1965)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Agnes, a lonely teenage girl, and her father befriend an escaped convict, named Joseph, who arrives at their farm in Brittany, France. When Joseph develops an attraction to Agnes, her father threatens to break up the union.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Gozzi, Dean Stockwell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The stories of four Hispanic immigrants living in New York City.

Director: David Riker
Stars: Anthony Rivera, Joseph Rigano, Miguel Maldonado
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime.

Director: Elio Petri
Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Florinda Bolkan, Gianni Santuccio
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A simple yet devout Christian makes a vow to Saint Barbara after she saves his donkey, but everyone he meets seems determined to misunderstand his intentions. Will he be able to keep his promise in the end?

Director: Anselmo Duarte
Stars: Leonardo Villar, Glória Menezes, Dionísio Azevedo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Adriana, a naive Italian country girl, moves to Rome to become a movie star and experiences the dark side of the business.

Director: Antonio Pietrangeli
Stars: Stefania Sandrelli, Mario Adorf, Jean-Claude Brialy
Judex (1963)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Favraux, an unscrupulous banker, receives a threatening note, signed by "Judex", demanding that he pay back the people he has swindled. He refuses, and apparently dies after a midnight ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Franju
Stars: Channing Pollock, Francine Bergé, Edith Scob
Gate of Hell (1953)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting.

Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa
Stars: Machiko Kyô, Kazuo Hasegawa, Isao Yamagata
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Stories about three very different women and the men they attract.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Aldo Giuffrè
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Pierre
Nicole Courcel ...
Madeleine
Patricia Gozzi ...
Françoise / Cybèle
Daniel Ivernel ...
Carlos
André Oumansky ...
Bernard
Anne-Marie Coffinet ...
Françoise II
René Clermont ...
Le facteur
Malka Ribowska ...
La voyante (as Malka Ribovska)
Michel de Ré ...
Fiacre
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Lulu
Florence Blot
Paul Bonifas ...
L'épicier
Serge Bourguignon ...
Le cavalier
Alain Bouvette ...
L'employé de gare
Renée Duchateau ...
L'épicière
Edit

Storyline

After killing a child when his plane crashes in a Vietnamese village, Pierre suffers from delayed stress and partial amnesia. Returning to France, he lives like a vegetable until he meets a young girl who has been dumped by her father at a boarding school. Posing as her father, Pierre contrives to meet the girl every Sunday, to play with her and perhaps recover his memory. The innocent friendship is misread by nearly everyone, even people who know Pierre well. A classic of old French art films. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@intersource.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

amnesia | steeple | bird cage | birds | nun | See All (37) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

21 November 1962 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Cybele  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The great Studio Criterion has launched in USA a blu-ray of this beautiful movie in pristine edition, on the comments the Actor who played Pierre and tha actress who Played Francoise/Cybelle talk about how they got in the film production and the relationship with director and other crew. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lou Grant: Singles (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for the harpsicord or organ, 6
Music by George Frideric Handel (as Handel)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Still potent, 40 years later
26 December 2002 | by (Thousand Oaks, CA) – See all my reviews

A remarkable film with an astonishing capacity to touch your heart and open your mind. A refreshingly original story that doesn't lapse into exploiting potentially "adult" themes.

Hardy Kruger succeeds in taking you with his character into his child like view of the world (caused by shell shock in Indochine). Patricia Gozzi is a rare child actress whose performance is completely free of the usual self-conscious effort found in recent films. Entire cast is strong.

The black and white cinematography is amongst the best I've ever seen. The camera seems remarkably aware of textures and temperatures. Some images are reminiscent of Ansel Adams' silver gelatin prints. Don't miss any opportunity to see this rare gem of a film. The characters, stories and images will follow you for a long, long time. It will make you wish that Director Serge Bourguignon had a much longer filmography.


22 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
UK DVD out now! mr-dan-hunter
The Bumper Cars Scene rnmackenzie
Blu-ray + DVD = 9/30/14 from Criterion in US zafrom
Discuss Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?