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Un dimanche à la campagne (1984)

Original Title : Un dimanche à la campagne
Director : Bertrand Tavernier
Writer : Pierre Bost
Bertrand Tavernier
Colo Tavernier
Genre : Drama
History
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Alain Sarde , Bertrand Tavernier
Music : Louis Ducreux
Marc Perrone
Photography : Bruno de Keyzer
Distributor : Artificial Eye
IMDB ID : 0088318
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Un dimanche à la campagne (1984) - Bertrand Tavernier
 

Starring

Louis Ducreux Monsieur Ladmiral
Michel Aumont Gonzague
Sabine Azéma Irène (as Sabine Azema
Geneviève Mnich Marie-Thérèse (as Genevieve Mnich
Monique Chaumette Mercédès
Thomas Duval Emile
Quentin Ogier 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
 

Plot

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.
 

Comments

Like bathing in a soothing warmth, 16 March 2003 Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C. Nothing much happens in Bertrand Tavernier's 1984 film, A Sunday in the Country, but at the end I felt like I had attended a close family gathering and became part of the family. Based on a novel by Pierre Best, an elderly painter of still lifes and historical scenes (Louis Ducreix) invites his family to his French country estate just before World War I. The family takes walks, they talk about dinner, tell each other stories and engage in the mundane occurrences of the day. In the process, the film becomes poetic witness to the enduring strength of family. Beautifully photographed in autumn pastels, Tavernier's film looks like an impressionist painting itself. I felt bathed in soothing warmth that lingered long after the end of the film.An atmosphere of nostalgia and melancholy soon sets in. The artist, Mr. Ladmiral, admittedly finds his son Gonzague (Michel Aumont) a disappointment and prefers his more free-spirited daughter Irene (Sabine Azema). When she shows up full of energy, Ladmiral becomes alive and openly discusses his innermost feelings. He tells Irene that he flirted with Impressionism in his early life, but instead decided to paint what he really felt. It is clear that he is disappointed that he did not follow his first inclination. In one of the most poignant scenes in the film, he tells Irene that he had been dreaming of Moses who died content after seeing the "Promised Land", then asks her, "Did I age too quickly"? As her answer, she lovingly asks him to dance with her. In the final sequence, Ladmiral returns home after seeing his family off on the train. He looks at the still life he has been painting, removes it and replaces it with a blank canvas. It is uncertain if he is now ready to paint in the impressionistic style or has accepted his own limitations and is content with seeing the "Promised Land". The clear light shining through the window signals the latter.
 
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