Partie de Campagne (A Day in the Country) (1936)
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as Seminary Student
as Little Boy Fishing
as La grand'mere
as Pere Poulain
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Critic Reviews for Partie de Campagne (A Day in the Country)
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.
It's a bucolic little film with a wisp of a story that builds great emotional resonance from what appears to be a slight, meaningless dalliance.
The seductive visuals and brief length allow it to function as a cinematic poem rather than a feature-length tale.
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.
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