Sundays and Cybèle


1h 40m 1962

Brief Synopsis

After killing a child on a routine bombing mission in Vietnam, Pierre suffers from delayed stress and partial amnesia. Returning to France, he lives like a vegetable until he meets a young girl who has been dumped by her father at a boarding school. Posing as her father, Pierre contrives to meet the girl every Sunday, to play with her and perhaps recover his memory. The innocent friendship is misread by nearly everyone, even people who know Pierre well. A classic of old French art films.

Film Details

Also Known As
Cybèle, Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 12 Nov 1962
Production Company
Fidès; Les Films du Trocadéro; Orsay Films; Terra Films
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures; Davis--Royal Films International
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray by Bernard Eschassériaux (Paris, 1958).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Pierre, a pilot during the French-Indochina War, develops amnesia as a result of his fear that he killed a young girl on a bombing mission. He returns to France, moves in with Madeleine, a nurse whom he had met while hospitalized, and begins a pointless life of wandering around the small town of Ville d'Avray. One day he meets Françoise, a 12-year-old girl who has been left by her father at the local convent school. The nuns, assuming Pierre to be her father, allow the two to spend each Sunday together, and a warm relationship develops. The child makes Pierre vow to bring her the weathercock from a church steeple, and in return, Françoise promises to tell him her real name. Eventually, a friend of Madeleine's becomes suspicious of the relationship between the man and child and notifies the police. While they celebrate Christmas together near a lake, the child tells Pierre that her name is Cybèle (the goddess of the earth). Their idyl is interrupted by the arrival of the police, who assume that Pierre intends to assault the child. After killing Pierre, they ask Françoise her name, but she replies that she no longer has one.

Film Details

Also Known As
Cybèle, Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 12 Nov 1962
Production Company
Fidès; Les Films du Trocadéro; Orsay Films; Terra Films
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures; Davis--Royal Films International
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray by Bernard Eschassériaux (Paris, 1958).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Award Wins

Best Foreign Language Film

1962

Award Nominations

Best Score

1962

Best Writing, Screenplay

1964
Serge Bourguignon

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Trivia

Notes

Opened in Paris in November 1962 as Les dimanches de Ville d'Avray. Alternative French title: Cybèle.

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted Best Foreign Film by the 1962 National Board of Review.

Voted One of the Year's Ten Best Films by the 1962 New York Times Film Critics.

Winner of the Samuel Goldwyn Award at the 1962 Golden Globes.

Released in United States August 1962

Released in United States Fall November 12, 1962

Re-released in United States on Video September 11, 1996

Shown at Venice Film Festival August 1962.

Franscope

Released in United States August 1962 (Shown at Venice Film Festival August 1962.)

Re-released in United States on Video September 11, 1996

Released in United States Fall November 12, 1962