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A Sunday in the Country (Deluxe Letterboxed Edition) (1984)

Louis Ducreux , Michel Aumont , Bertrand Tavernier  |  G |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Louis Ducreux, Michel Aumont, Sabine Azéma, Geneviève Mnich, Monique Chaumette
  • Directors: Bertrand Tavernier
  • Writers: Bertrand Tavernier, Colo Tavernier, Pierre Bost
  • Producers: Bertrand Tavernier, Alain Sarde
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305761310
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,294 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Sunday in the Country (Deluxe Letterboxed Edition)" on IMDb

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Bertrand Travernier's magnificent portrait of French family life on the brink of World War I. Alive with the subtle brush strokes of an artist at the top of his form, Travernier's acclaimed "A Sunday in the Country" is a lovingly photographed and exquisitely acted portrait of the Ladmiral family at the beginning of the twentieth century. Based on the novel by Pierre Bost, "A Sunday in the Country" becomes an Impressionist painting in itself, mirroring the Ladmiral patriarch's trade. The film is a moving picture of the hopes, disappointments, and small joys of family as a father's life reaches its autumn season.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful motion pictures ever made. February 21, 1999
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Every frame of this film is like watching an Impressionist canvas in motion. This gentle, poignant character study of an elderly painter in the early 1900s is packed with beauty, insight and three-dimensional characters. Louis Ducreux, a French stage star who made his movie debut here at age 73, is subtle, compelling and deeply moving, as are the rest of the actors. The exquisite sound track (based mostly on the chamber music of Gabriel Faure) enhances the sunny yet wistful tone of the film. It's defintely not a movie for thrill-seekers, but for those seeking a two-hour vacation in a slower, gentler and lovelier world, it's a gem.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic French Film June 3, 2000
Just want to corroborate what the earlier 2 reviews state and to add that on the dvd is an audio commentary track by the director, a fact I had not seen published anywhere and did not actually discover until I purchased the dvd. Lovely transfer, lovely film.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Visual Feast February 25, 2001
This is a lovely film. I warn you that some may find it too slow because it takes a very painterly look at the microcosm of this aging man's world. If you can lose yourself in the art of it though, the pace will be just right. One of the people I saw this film with in the theater found it very depressing because of the old age approaching death aspect. Although the elderly painter is certainly moving in that direction, this film is much more about how his art is integral to his life and how his family fits into this scheme when they visit him one Sunday in his country studio and home. If you are an artist or art lover, you will adore this film for the visual feast that it is.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and regret March 21, 2011
This beautiful film is also a meditation on beauty and regret. The beauty is obvious - it's pre-1914 France, a Sunday in the country, and the landscape, clothes, food and people are gorgeous. And yet the patriarch of the family is a painter who rejected the Impressionists and is now wondering if that was the right thing to do. And so the theme of regret enters the movie. Then comes his son and his wife and their children. The son, despite once being a painter himself - he gave it up to avoid being his father's rival - is a solid member of the bourgeoisie and clearly a disappointment to his father. The son knows this and regrets it.

Then the old man's daughter comes. Everyone loves her, including the children. The scene where she plays a game with the children that ends when the parents want to join in is a very well-observed one. Somehow the son and his wife are cut out of that joy of childhood, and they regret that. And we find that the daughter has her own complicated life back in Paris, too. The children are the ones that don't regret. One is tempted to say that that is what defines them as not yet adults.

At the end of the film is a beautiful scene of the landscape that serves as a reminder of the beauty around us. And yet I wonder if the old man would look at it with regret, since the Impressionists have already painted it so well. And yet the beauty remains.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching film! February 14, 2007
Since the first opening shot, you will be conveyed into a magical world at the beginning of the XX century, where the impressive talent of one of the most remarkable French directors ever born - Bertrand Tavernier - renders his personal homage, not only to Jean Renoir's "A day in the country" ; but the Impressionist art of painting with Manet as the principal starring.

The fabulous images, arresting landscapes, lavish photograph hover the whole picture; around the lives and times of an elderly widowed French artist who never the made the grade in order to achieve a major receptivity into his artistic circle. He is visited by his short family a Sunday and so we will witness with astonishing accuracy and fluid camerawork, the intimacies of this family. There are smart flashbacks around Irene his vanished wife and the peaceful way of living of the last days of the XIX Century.

The script flows with organic majesty and marvelous dignity. Tavernier achieved a genuine jewel of infinite carats.

By no reason you should miss this treasured film of the Eighties. One of my favorite films to watch over and over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes February 15, 2006
By Bomojaz
Proof that sometimes the simplest approaches can achieve the greatest results. An old man (played by Louis Ducreux), a successful Impressionistic painter in turn-of-the-century France, is visited one Sunday by his son (Michel Aumont) and his daughter (Sabine Azema). Over the course of the movie we see Ducreux's supreme disappointment in his dull, overly careful, and plodding son, and his delight with his enthusiastic, live-wire daughter, who has rarely come to visit him. The film is beautifully photographed, as pleasantly eye-filling as any Impressionistic painting might hope to be. There is not a lot of plot or action, but the simple unfolding of peaceful events over the course of what appears to be a typical Sunday afternoon in the spring countryside reveals not only a serene setting, but an excellent work of visual filmmaking. A rich movie-watching experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 days ago by Thomas DeRoberto
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a classic is available.
This is one of the great films. A very universal and touching story that is well told. Visually, a beautiful trip to the art of early 20th century France with well chosen Faure... Read more
Published 9 months ago by carl king
5.0 out of 5 stars A living, breathing impressionistic painting
I had hunted for this movie for some time - thinking that it was named "A Day in the Country!" I remember that when I initially saw it in a theater that it made a distinct... Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by D. Lassiter
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sunday in the Country
Set during the Nazi occupation of France, in "Conduct" we see the often chaotic, painstaking process of making movies, made even more challenging by the presence of an enemy whose... Read more
Published on September 5, 2005 by John Farr
4.0 out of 5 stars French Family in Nature
The film is breathtakingly beautiful making me wish to spend time in the country in France. In an old quaint house surrounded by nature. Read more
Published on September 13, 2003 by L. J Nary
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD is easier to watch
I'm very happy to find this on DVD. I am older, and my eyes aren't as good as they used to be: the higher quality of this DVD really makes the difference.
Published on April 11, 2001 by a
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best cinemagraphic movies ever for impressionists
This film has sentimentality for family in both a tender and comic sense. The beauty of the filming is difficult to appreciate unless you love impressionist painting, is enjoyed... Read more
Published on January 9, 1999
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