Sunday (2011)

Memories of a Sunday afternoon are captured in Patrick Doyon’s 9-minute animated film, Sunday/Dimanche.

Surrounded by adults, a little boy’s point of view is front and centre on Sunday. Fascinated by the rush of the trains that fly through his small town and flattening the coins he puts on the tracks, he is pulled away from his fun to go to an early morning church service. As his father dreams of new tools during the sermon, the boy offers his newly flattened coin to the church basket, and then it’s off to grandma and grandpa’s house, where this curious kid watches his granny prepare a meal for guests. He soon grows bored as friends and family arrive, and His vivid imagination takes over when his grandfather’s trophy bear comes to life as the booze and gossip flow.

Sunday/Dimanche is an imaginative snippet of childhood memories created by Montreal-based director and animator Doyon. With muted tones reminiscent of a yellowing family album, the short was his first professional film and was nominated for an Oscar in 2012.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette

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Directed by Patrick Doyon
Doyon was awarded the Governor General Literary Award for his first children's book called "The Sandwich Thief" in 2015.