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Sundays and Cybèle (1962)

Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray (original title)
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:

Serge Bourguignon

Writers:

Serge Bourguignon (scenario), Antoine Tudal (scenario) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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

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Call it Strange! Call it Shocking!...Call it One of the Most Electrifying Love Stories of Our Day!

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #728. See more »

Connections

Featured in Patricia Gozzi: Sundays and Cybèle Interview (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Extracts of Tibetian Music
Vogue Records
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Standing Alone
28 November 2003 | by harry-76See all my reviews

When "Les Dimanches de ville d'Avray" first debuted in Manhattan, New York Times Critic Bosley Crowther hailed it as a genuine masterpiece.

New Yorkers flocked to see it, and agreed. Serge Bourguignon in only his third film work was predicted to become a major film director. Who could have predicted he would make only three more movies?

Lead actor Hardy Kruger went on to a prolific career, but talented eleven year old Patricia Gozzi retired after only a few more films.

So this film has become somewhat of an oddity: a brilliantly directed, photographed and acted drama, that has the look and feel of a timeless treasure. Yet, it stands alone without past or future--a fabulous work with nowhere to place it.

Unfortunately today, existing video prints are of poor quality; besides, it demands a big screen and pristine print to do it justice. Thus the film has virtually become a lost gem, pleading for restoration and re-release.


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Country:

France | Austria

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 November 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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