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A Sunday in the Country (1984)

Un dimanche à la campagne (original title)
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.

Director:

Bertrand Tavernier

Writers:

Pierre Bost (novel), Bertrand Tavernier | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Louis Ducreux ... Monsieur Ladmiral
Michel Aumont ... Gonzague
Sabine Azéma ... Irène (as Sabine Azema)
Geneviève Mnich Geneviève Mnich ... Marie-Thérèse (as Genevieve Mnich)
Monique Chaumette ... Mercédès
Thomas Duval Thomas Duval ... Emile
Quentin Ogier ... Lucien
Katia Wostrikoff Katia Wostrikoff ... Mireille
Claude Winter Claude Winter ... Madame Ladmiral
Jean-Roger Milo Jean-Roger Milo ... Fisherman (Le pêcheur)
Pascale Vignal Pascale Vignal ... A servant (La serveuse)
Jacques Poitrenaud Jacques Poitrenaud ... Hector (Patron guinguette)
Valentine Suard Valentine Suard ... Little girl (La petite fille 1)
Erika Faivre Erika Faivre ... Little girl (La petite fille 2)
Marc Perrone 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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Drama

Certificate:

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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

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


Soundtracks

Trio pour piano et cordes Op. 120
Written by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by Le quatuor Via Nova, Jean Hubeau piano solo
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A puzzling but pleasant film with a long aftertaste
7 August 2000 | by couzijnSee all my reviews

I saw this film sixteen years ago, at a time when I did not see many 'filmhouse' movies yet. It made a strong impression on me, I wasn't used to so many 'open spaces' in films, which spectators have to fill according to their own ideas. Later I understood that once you start filling these 'holes' with pieces of yourself, the film becomes much more personal.

From time to time I think back to this film, like I did just now when I looked it up in the IMDB. Its storytelling, or rather story-hinting, is apparently so strong that even after sixteen years I am looking for some answers to the questions that the film raises.

In short: go see it.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 April 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,411,143

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,411,143
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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