Le Dimanche de la vie (1967)

aka The Sunday of Life
Article 3971 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 7-6-2012
Directed by Jean Herman
Featuring Danielle Darrieux, Jean-Pierre Moulin, Olivier Hussenot
Country: France
What it is: Bizarre French comedy

In the years before World War II, an older woman marries a private who inherits a picture frame shop. She discovers she has clairvoyance, and becomes a fortune teller. The war approaches.

This movie has now been retrieved from my “ones that got away” list, and, as is often the case, I found a version in French without English subtitles. I tried to find a plot description to help me out, but the best one I could find openly admitted that the story doesn’t make much sense, and if that’s true for someone who understands the French language, that doesn’t give me (who doesn’t understand French) much hope. Well, at least it has some visual pizzazz to hold my attention. The fortune-telling is the main fantastic content of the movie, though there do appear to be some surreal dream sequences as well. No, I couldn’t make heads or tails out of it, but even given this limitation, I did find it somewhat fun, thanks to a rather odd array of characters. Still, I’ll hold off on any real evaluation until I can see a subtitled copy of the movie.

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