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Sunday/Dimanche 2011

Highly Recommended

Distributed by Distributed by National Film Board of Canada, 1123 Broadway, Suite 307, New York, NY 10010; 800-542-2164
Produced by Produced by Mark Bertrand and Michael Fukushiima
Directed by Directed by Patrick Doyon
DVD, color, 88 min.

All Ages
Japan, Popular Culture, Music Trade, Singers

Date Entered: 05/24/2012

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Reviewed by: Reviewed by Katherine Bertel, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Inspired by his childhood, Patrick Doylon tells the story of a young boy trapped by his childhood routine of going to church and visiting his grandparents’ house on Sunday afternoons. Bored by the adult world, he ventures outside to elongate coins on the railroad tracks. This imaginative tour of the young boy’s small world reveals many surprises and mishaps along the way.

Sunday/Dimanche was painstakingly illustrated by hand and is accompanied by a gleefully, whimsical soundtrack. Patrick Doyon’s use of “old school” animation techniques and lively storytelling would make this a fantastic addition to any course that discusses animation techniques, death and dying, or film studies.


  • Award for Most Inventive International Film of the Year, 2011, International Film Festival
  • Best Children Film Award, 2011, World Festival of Animated Film