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Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe (Picnic on the Grass)

Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe (Picnic on the Grass) (1959)

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Jean Renoir never made any secret that Picnic on the Grass (Le Dejeuner sur L'Herbe) was inspired by the impressionist paintings of his father Auguste Renoir, and also of Edouard Monet. The near-surrealistic plotline concerns priggish US presidential candidate Paul Meurisse, who carries on a sterile, clinical courtship with Ingrid Nordine. Proposing that he and Nordine have an image-boosting "picnic on the grass", the scientifically-oriented Meurisse is distracted by the visceral charms of

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Romance, Art House & International, Comedy

Feb 11, 1991

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Again and again, sumptuous photography collapses into cold argument.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Renoir manages to inject an uncommon amount of feeling into all the frivolity and whimsy; the results are both absurdist and sublime.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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An impressionistic incantation, an air-filled home movie by Renoir

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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One of director Jean Renoir's oddest films, Picnic On The Grass is visually influenced by the Impressionist paintings of his father, Auguste Renoir, and Edouard Manet, but its plot could almost be considered science fiction.

August 30, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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[A] rather reactionary and ponderous satire on modern society.

June 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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