A Sunday in the Country

1984 [FRENCH]

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IMDb Rating 7.6 10 2635

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Reviewed by MartinHafer 3 / 10

Make a couple pots of coffee to drink as you watch this film.

I guess I am the odd man out with this film, as most of the reviewers loved the movie--giving it lots of 9s and 10s. I, on the other hand, found the film to be boring...glacially paced and among the least favorite French films I've seen in a long time.

The story is set at the home of a 70-something widower who is an artist. His son (and later his daughter) arrive for a Sunday visit and the film seems as if you are a silent witness...watching them regardless of whether or not they're doing anything of interest. And, occasionally, a narrator talks a bit about what's going on inside some of these folks.

I generally have a high capacity to watch slow films...but rarely have I had one where I kept finding myself nodding off again and again. And, I tried watching it twice...and both times this kept happening. The bottom line is that although a pretty film and well made, the script had little to offer me to keep my interest.

Reviewed by dbdumonteil 9 / 10

The dark side of the sun.

A lot of people consider it Tavernier's best .

An old man lives in the country in a desirable property.He waits for his children's visit .Whereas his son ,Gonzague,who lives a bourgeois life with wife and kids frequently turns up,his daughter Irene , a socialite ,a woman ahead of her time is often too busy in Paris to remember his old papa.

On a clear sunny day,they all gather in the father's house .Suddenly the house does not look that much cozy.The novel on which the movie is based is called "Mr Ladmiral Va Bientôt Mourir" (M.Ladmiral is soon going to die)and Death shows beneath the placid surface : a terrifying vision of the old man on his death bed -there is a similar scene in John Huston's last work-;a fleeting souvenir of a picnic in the garden where they used to eat (wild?) strawberries;more prosaically,when the family arrives near the church,they can hear "Nearer to thee ,my God" (the Titanic band's canticle!).

The admirable sequence in the Guinguettes displays not only Tavernier's tribute to Auguste Renoir,but also his love for the true masters of the French cinema:Auguste's son Jean ("Une Partie de Campagne") ,Julien Duvivier ("La Belle Equipe") and Jacques Becker ("Casque d'or").

This is a brilliant movie by the man who is perhaps the greatest living French director.His command of the picture is so fascinating that even the frequent voice -overs are not redundant.

Like this?Try these.......

Make way for tomorrow Leo McCarey 1937

Une Partie de Campagne Jean Renoir 1936

Wild Strawberries Ingmar Bergman 1957

Eglantine Jean Claude Brialy 1971

The dead John Huston 1987

Reviewed by writers_reign 9 / 10

A Month Of Sundays ...

... would not exhaust the pleasures to be found in Tavernier's adaptation of the novel by Pierre Bost. Comparisons with Louis Malle's Milou en Mai are probably inevitable and when considered as a pair they remind us of the timelessness of French family life inasmuch as although sixty years divides the time-frames (Milou was set in 1968, this one around 1905) the country itself is eternal as are the people who inhabit it. True in Milou there is perhaps a more extended family and a sexual revolution has been and gone but essentially the two families are virtually interchangeable with their almost infinitesimal internecine rivalries, unspoken guilt feelings etc. The moment when free spirit Irene (Sabine Azema) asks her elderly father to dance with her is at once one of the most joyous and tenderest moments in film history and the ending with the ancient painter, alone for another week with his memories, replaces the canvas he is working on with a blank and sits contemplating it is masterful. One of Tavernier's best, which is saying something.

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