Sunday in the Country, A (1984): Tavenier’s Masterpiece

Legendary French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier directed A Sunday in the Country (French: Un dimanche à la campagne), a lyrical feature set during one typical Sunday in the late summer of 1912.

Grade: A (***** out of *****)

A Sunday in the Country
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The protag, Monsieur Ladmiral, is a painter without any real genius and in the twilight of his life. Since the death of his wife, he lives alone with Mercedes, his servant.

Every Sunday, he invites Gonzague, his son, a steady young man, who likes order and propriety, accompanied by his wife, Marie-Thérèse and their three children, Emile, Lucien and Mireille.

That day, Irène, Gonzague’s sister, a young non-conformist, liberated and energetic woman, upsets this peaceful ritual and calls into question her father’s artistic choices.

Cast
Louis Ducreux – Monsieur Ladmiral
Michel Aumont – Gonzague
Sabine Azéma – Irène
Geneviève Mnich – Marie-Thérèse
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)

Credits:

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
Produced by Bertrand Tavernier and Alain Sarde
Written by Bertrand Tavernier and Colo Tavernier
Cinematography Bruno de Keyzer

Release date: April 11, 1984

Running time: 90 minutes
Box office $8.2 million