Sundays and Cybele (Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray) (1962)
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Critic Reviews for Sundays and Cybele (Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray)
Expect more resistance than usual to the implication that it's a classic ripe for the canon. Changing times do evolve past some things.
Director Bourguignon does not seem to understand that what is infantile is not necessarily childlike and certainly not charming.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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