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Dimanche à la campagne (A Sunday in the Country)

This film is a portrait of French family life on the brink of World War I. M. Ladmiral, an Impressionist painter by trade, awakens happily one Sunday to meet his son's family for their weekly visit to his Parisian countryside home. Before long, however, a sense of sadness and regret infect the day. Though son Gonzague provides stability and grandchildren, it is daughter Irène who inspires the old man in his meditations about life. Unexpectedly, Irène arrives at the gathering in her fast new car. By the time the afternoon is over, her vibrant spirit shakes the family to its core and Ladmiral discovers a side of himself he never knew. 1984, 94 minutes, MPAA rating: NR (would be G if this film were rated). DVD in French with English subtitles.

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