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
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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.
Along with The Postman segment from Satyajit Ray's Two Daughters, it is, I think, the greatest short film ever made.
Plays out delightfully as an impressionist picture that sings out to us the sensuous nature of the country.
A short film that may be imperfect in structure, yet is sublimely moving and beautifully realized, nonetheless.
Sensuous and charming -- a moving and memorable tale, and a brilliant piece of cinema.
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