Sundays and Cybele (Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray) (1962)




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Sundays and Cybele (original French title: Les Dimanches de Ville D'Avray) stars Hardy Kruger as a former bomber pilot. Emotionally shattered by a tragic wartime incident, Kruger goes into semi-seclusion in a small Parisian suburb. He is drawn out of his shell by 12-year-old orphan girl Patricia Gozzi. The nuns in charge of Patricia bless the relationship, assuming that Kruger is the girl's father. A warm, chaste friendship develops between the older man and the bright-eyed girl, culminating in their mutual decision to spend Christmas together in a nearby woods. Unfortunately, nurse Nicole Courcel, suspecting that Kruger is a pedophile, calls the police--a move that can only result in disaster for all concerned. Based on a novel by Bernard Eschasseriaux, the exquisitely photographed Sundays and Cybele won the 1962 Best Foreign Film Academy Award. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for Sundays and Cybele (Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Expect more resistance than usual to the implication that it's a classic ripe for the canon. Changing times do evolve past some things.

Full Review… | February 28, 2016
AV Club
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Director Bourguignon does not seem to understand that what is infantile is not necessarily childlike and certainly not charming.

Full Review… | February 28, 2016
TIME Magazine
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This makes a slow but pictorially impressive film due to new director Serge Bourguignon's feeling for imagery and style. But it also leads to some preciosity.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

How can one give a fair impression of the exquisite, delicate charm of this wondrous story of a magical attachment between a crash-injured young man who is suffering from amnesia and a lonely little 12-year-old girl?

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Serge Bourguignon won the Oscar for best foreign language film with this self-promoting, arty affair, which countered the stylistic departures of the nouvelle vague by returning to French cinema's much-derided poetic tradition.

Full Review… | February 28, 2016
Radio Times

Serge Bourguignon treats a sensitive subject with grace here to create a warm, often poignant film, although his presentation tends to call attention to the film's style at the expense of substance.

Full Review… | February 28, 2016
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Audience Reviews for Sundays and Cybele (Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray)


While not outright succeeding in transcending its ickier taboos, Sundays and Cybele is still a charming little parable about loss of innocence.

Brian Krause-Rivera
Brian Krause-Rivera

a lovely and somewhat forgotten film that likely couldn't be made today, so far the world has turned. a very effective portrait of an impossible relationship with wonderful black and white cinematography. and it seems yet another great french film lost in the new wave, tho it has a few experimental touches. this can be seen on youtube in excellent quality

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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beautifully simple and surprisingly tragic film about a friendship/borderline romance that is struck up between a soldier suffering from post traumatic amnesia and a young girl who has been abandoned at a nunnery by her father. inventive camera work, as well as an astonishingly mature performance from the young girl, patricia gozzi. the film is primarily about how returning to the innocence of childhood can save us, but society's misunderstanding can lead to disaster.

Joe LaRue
Joe LaRue

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