Sundays and Cybele

Sundays and Cybele

Director: Serge Bourguignon, Hardy Kruger, Nicole Courcel, Patricia Gozzi

Cast: Serge Bourguignon, Hardy Kruger, Nicole Courcel, Patricia Gozzi

     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richie Unterberger
There are imperfections to Sundays and Cybele that keep the film from being a top-notch piece of early-'60s French cinema. The story of a girl abandoned by her father is given to some contrived melodrama; the manifestations of lead character Hardy Kruger's mental illness are a bit hammy, both in terms of how they're cinematically portrayed and how they're acted out; and the indulgent way his nurse lover forgives and overlooks his instability can strain credibility. Yet the movie has enough going for it to make it worthy of attention, particularly in the excellent black-and-white cinematography. Too, as the abandoned 12-year-old, Patricia Gozzi gives a credible if sentimental performance that does much to hold the film together, especially considering that she's more likable and less caricatured than the adult characters. The scenes in which she and Kruger help each other negotiate the damaging disappointments of their past are the heart of the movie, achieving some touching nuances in its portrayal of the healing relationship between unlikely characters drawn together by circumstance. It doesn't make their scenario as cut-and-dried as two people whose affection is misunderstood and destroyed by a cruel uncomprehending world, either. It raises some rumbling uncertainties as to just how healthy their interaction is and how it strains acceptable social limits, leaving it up to the viewer to ponder just how much the relationship should be tolerated, though the section in which the authorities close in on Kruger is among the film's weaker ones.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2014
UPC:
0715515127011
Original Release:
1962
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
5,194

Special Features

New interviews with director Serge Bourguignon and actors Hardy Krüger and Patricia Gozzi Le Sourire (1960), Bourguignon's Palme D'Or-winning short documentary, with a new introduction by the director Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hardy Kruger Pierre
Nicole Courcel Madeleine
Patricia Gozzi Francoise/Cybele
Daniel Ivernel Carlos
André Oumansky Nurse
France Anglade Actor
Florence Blot Actor
Paul Bonifas Actor
Serge Bourguignon Actor
Alain Bouvette Actor
René Clermont Actor
Anne-Marie Cornet Actor
Michel de Re Bernard
Gilbert Edard Actor
Martine Ferrière Actor
Maurice Garrel Actor
Jocelyne Loiseau Actor
Dominique Maurin Actor
Raymond Pelissier Actor
Roger Trapp Actor
Antoine Tudal Actor
Anne-Marie Coffinet Actor
Malka Ribovska Actor
Lisette Lebon Actor
Denise Peronne Actor

Technical Credits
Serge Bourguignon Director,Screenwriter
Leonide Azar Editor
Henri Decaë Cinematographer
Bernard Eschasseriaux Screenwriter
Bernard Evein Art Director
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Romain Pines Producer
Antoine Tudal Screenwriter

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