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A Sunday in the Country (1984)

Un dimanche à la campagne (original title)
G | | Drama | 11 April 1984 (France)
In France, before WWI. As every Sunday, an old painter living in the country is visited by his son Gonzague, coming with his wife and his three children. Then his daugther Irene arrives. ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »
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Monsieur Ladmiral
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Gonzague
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Irène (as Sabine Azema)
Geneviève Mnich ...
Marie-Thérèse (as Genevieve Mnich)
Monique Chaumette ...
Mercédès
Thomas Duval ...
Emile
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Lucien
Katia Wostrikoff ...
Mireille
Claude Winter ...
Madame Ladmiral
Jean-Roger Milo ...
Fisherman (Le pêcheur)
Pascale Vignal ...
A servant (La serveuse)
Jacques Poitrenaud ...
Hector (Patron guinguette)
Valentine Suard ...
Little girl (La petite fille 1)
Erika Faivre ...
Little girl (La petite fille 2)
Marc Perrone ...
Accordionist (L'accordéoniste)
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In France, before WWI. As every Sunday, an old painter living in the country is visited by his son Gonzague, coming with his wife and his three children. Then his daugther Irene arrives. She is always in a hurry, she lives alone and does not come so often... An intimist chronicle in which what is not shown, what is guessed, is more important than how it looks, dealing with what each character expects of life. Written by Yepok

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Irene's flower in her bodice disappears then reappears. See more »


Soundtracks

Quatuor pour piano et cores Op. 121
Written by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by Le quatuor Via Nova, Jean Hubeau piano solo
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(Not Just) A Sunday in the Country
7 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think this film can be appreciated on several levels. For some viewers, this is just a happy family portrait, reflecting a more peaceful time and recalling one's own memories of family outings and quiet Sunday afternoons. I think this point of view is mistaken, but I can see why people feel this way. The film is externally slow- moving and peaceful, like a sunny river. But like a river, there are strong currents lurking, invisible, under the surface -- currents that cannot be seen, but only observed indirectly from their effects.

There's a lot more going on here than just ninety minutes of bucolic peacefulness. Pay attention to the details, the small looks and gestures, the things said and things left unsaid. You can almost see the fine strands that link the characters, like a spiderweb, where each character's movements are felt by all the others. The role of the narrator, often disparaged in film, is used effectively here, giving the film a somewhat novel-like quality and reminding the viewer of their presence as an observer.

There's more to be said about this film, but I don't feel quite up to it. In any case, the real meaning of the film can't easily be described in words -- which is a good thing, or the film would be unnecessary. So watch the film yourself, if you haven't already, and see what you think.


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