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A Sunday in the Country
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier • 1984 • France
Starring Louis Ducreux, Michel Aumont, Sabine Azéma
Bertrand Tavernier paints a bittersweet family portrait with a delicacy worthy of Ozu. On a Sunday in 1912, Monsieur Ladmiral (Louis Ducreux), a painter in the twilight of his life, gets together with his straitlaced son (Michel Aumont) and the young man’s family, as he does nearly every week. On this particular day, however, they are joined by Ladmiral’s daughter (Sabine Azéma), a free-spirited woman whose boisterous energy conceals a hidden complexity. As the day wears on, the small disappointments and regrets that shape the lives of Ladmiral and his children are gradually revealed.