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Un dimanche à la campagne (1984)

G | | Drama | 11 April 1984 (France)
An elderly painter whose son visits with his family on the weekends, is also surprised by a visit from his still-single daughter.

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Cast

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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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Storyline

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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11 April 1984 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Sunday in the Country  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,447, 18 November 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,411,143
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Irene's flower in her bodice disappears and then reappears. See more »


Soundtracks

Quintette pour piano et cordes Op. 115
Written by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by Le quatuor Via Nova, Jean Hubeau piano solo
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A sun drenched stroll through the French countryside
1 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

Bernard Tavernier manages to turn the very simple plot of a son and a daughter visiting their aging painter-father in the countryside into a series of poetic reflections on life and art, youth and old age, the city and the country, potential and (partial) fulfilment. With the help of absolutely wonderful shots in pastel colours (achieved by means of skipping the 'bleaching' phase in the processing of the film) and very unobtrusive commentary Tavernier takes his viewers on a one day tour of the musings of a 70 year old impressionist painter who is looking back on his life and work. Many of the shots will remind an attentive audience of the paintings by Monet, Renoir and others, even if Tavernier argues they were largely inspired by the first colour pictures of the Lumière brothers.

The US release of this magnificent film has English subtitles. Even though one cannot blame the subtitlers for concentrating on essentials they have in my opinion needlessly erred on the side of sparsity.


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