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Partie de Campagne (A Day in the Country)

Partie de Campagne (A Day in the Country) (1936)


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Jean Renoir's A Day in the Country is a short and semisweet romantic vignette based on a story by Guy de Maupassant. A group of family members spend a day away from the city in the French countryside. While the men go off to fish, the mother (Jeanne Marken) has a harmless flirtation with a rural "rake," while the daughter (Sylvia Bataille) has a more serious liaison with a handsome young man (George Saint-Saens). Fourteen years later, the same family vacations at the same spot. The handsome

Nov 15, 1993

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The charm of the film seems almost too easily won, but Renoir's real brilliance emerges in the way the light tone is subtly modulated into the profound sadness and regret of the conclusion.

May 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Witty and sensuous, it's pure magic.

May 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Along with The Postman segment from Satyajit Ray's Two Daughters, it is, I think, the greatest short film ever made.

July 26, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Plays out delightfully as an impressionist picture that sings out to us the sensuous nature of the country.

June 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A short film that may be imperfect in structure, yet is sublimely moving and beautifully realized, nonetheless.

August 30, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Sensuous and charming -- a moving and memorable tale, and a brilliant piece of cinema.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

It's one of his most beautiful films, and one in which he purposely aped his father's painting style.

February 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Partie de Campagne (A Day in the Country)

This uncompleted film clocks in at a short, unfortunate running time of about 40 minutes. And what a perfect 40 minutes it is. Jean Renoir so beautifully and elegantly tells a tale of romance and love that emerges from a story of two glib countryboy fisherman prying on Parisian women, hoping for another catch. By using the pastime of fishing, Renoir creates a comical, and sometimes dark, look on bourgeoisie conduct. His cinematography is breathtaking and resonant of the most beautiful pastoral or romantic paintings.

Inevitably, my biggest complaint is the short running time even though the presented 40 minutes are just 40 minutes of cinematic perfection. But, the short running time does take a toll as some of the satire and characterizations do feel like they would benefit from extra scenes to flesh them out. As the two lovers whose unprecedented love grew out of a tumultuous storm take a look at each other and contemplate what might have been, we in the audience contemplate what "Partie de Campagne" might have been had Renoir been afforded the ability to complete this film. Nevertheless, that is still asking for too much; what we see is what we get, and perhaps the tight, fluid, and magical 40 minutes displayed were all that Renoir needed to enchant us.
June 26, 2012
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Foreign Titles

  • Eine Landpartie (DE)
  • A Day in the Country (Partie de campagne) (UK)
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