Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. France, 1984. Films A2, Little Bear, Sara Films. Screenplay by Bertrand Tavernier, Colo Tavernier, based on the novel Monsieur Ladmiral Va Bientot Mourir by Pierre Bost. Cinematography by Bruno de Keyzer. Produced by Bertrand Tavernier. Music by Philippe Sarde. Production Design by Patrice Mercier. Costume Design by Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle. Film Editing by Armand Psenny. Cannes Film Festival 1984. Golden Globe Awards 1984.
An aging painter lives in the countryside of France and is visited every Sunday by his hard-working son, his daughter-in-law and their children. This particular Sunday there is also a visit from the painter’s free-spirited daughter (Sabine Azéma), who has come to once again shake up the relationships between members of her family. Told with a simple style and beautiful cinematography, this elegant film is immensely rich in its emotional qualities and deeply enjoyable.