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also known as Partie de campagne

A Day in the Country1936

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  • 3.9
This bittersweet film from Jean Renoir, based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, is a tenderly comic idyll about a city family's picnic in the French countryside and the romancing of the mother and grown daughter by two local men. Conceived as a short feature, the project had nearly finished production in 1936 when Renoir was called away for THE LOWER DEPTHS. Shooting was abandoned then, but the film was completed with the existing footage by Renoir’s team and released in its current form in 1946, after the director had already moved on to Hollywood. The result is a warmly humanist vignette that ranks among Renoir's most lyrical works, with a love for nature imbuing its every beautiful frame.

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A slice of cinéma heaven filmed by Renoir near the home of his Impressionist father. The script closely follows the short story of Guy de Maupassant about two women, mother and daughter, who briefly experience love on the banks of the Seine one summer afternoon. Renoir filmed it with young assistants Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jacques Becker and Luchino Visconti – they all appear briefly as seminarians in frock walking behind the poet of incest Georges Bataille, also in a priest cameo. Renoir himself plays the worldly innkeeper who can’t be bothered to seduce the wife on holiday because “he has too much to do.”

This was also cinéma hell. In the wake of an outdoor film left unfinished beneath the endless summer rain, lead actress Sylvie Bataille was no longer speaking to the director she had hero-worshipped and the producer Pierre Braunberger was, for Renoir, “the king of assholes.” Braunberger, while hiding from the Nazis during the war, decided to release the film without the missing episodes. Thank God he did.

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A slice of cinéma heaven filmed by Renoir near the home of his Impressionist father. The script closely follows the short story of Guy de Maupassant about two women, mother and daughter, who briefly experience love on the banks of the Seine one summer afternoon. Renoir filmed it with young assistants Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jacques Becker and Luchino Visconti – they all appear briefly as seminarians in frock walking behind the poet of incest Georges Bataille, also in a priest cameo. Renoir himself plays the worldly innkeeper who can’t be bothered to seduce the wife on holiday because “he has too much to do.”

This was also cinéma hell. In the wake of an outdoor film left unfinished beneath the endless summer rain, lead actress Sylvie Bataille was no longer speaking to the director she had hero-worshipped and the producer Pierre Braunberger was, for Renoir, “the king of assholes.” Braunberger, while hiding from the Nazis during the war, decided to release the film without the missing episodes. Thank God he did.

3 members like this review