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A Sunday in the Country (Un dimanche à la campagne)

Un dimanche à la campagne

A Sunday in the Country (Un dimanche à la campagne)

cast: Louis Ducreux, Sabine Azema, Michel Aumont

year: 1984

colour: no


director: Bertrand Tavernier

runtime: 94

Monsieur Ladmiral is an ageing painter who lives alone in his country house, cared for by his housekeeper, Mercédés. Every so often, his son Gonzague comes to visit him with his young family. One late summer Sunday in 1912, the customary visit is disturbed by the unexpected arrival of Ladmiral's unpredictable daughter, Irène... Tavernier offers a captivating portrait of an early 1900s family sharing a lazy Sunday afternoon together. The detail lies not in the film's plot, but in the depth of feeling shown in the characters. By the end you feel that you know each character personally. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect is the way in which Tavernier captures the present, and relates it to times past and future. In contrast to much of modern cinema, which simply bombards with drama and spectacle, it is a pleasant to experience such a film which gently invites its audience to stop and reflect on life.


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