Partie de Campagne (A Day in the Country) Reviews

  • Sep 09, 2020

    A simple but powerfully restricted romance that builds up a deceptive bulk of superficiality before delving all too briefly into a sincere tretise on disturbing the calm of surface-level happiness to satisfy a deeper desire. (3.5/5)

    A simple but powerfully restricted romance that builds up a deceptive bulk of superficiality before delving all too briefly into a sincere tretise on disturbing the calm of surface-level happiness to satisfy a deeper desire. (3.5/5)

  • Jul 01, 2017

    Charming, bittersweet comedy directed by Jean Renoir.

    Charming, bittersweet comedy directed by Jean Renoir.

  • Apr 05, 2017

    A beautifully charming well made French film. 1001 movies to see before you die.

    A beautifully charming well made French film. 1001 movies to see before you die.

  • Jul 01, 2016

    This is a beautiful short film from the great Jean Renoir. Though made in 1936, it still feels relevant and is just a beautiful and simple story, very well told. The scenery and cinematography are gorgeous. My only complaint is the character/actor of Anatole, every time he was on screen he made me cringe, but otherwise this is a short masterpiece!

    This is a beautiful short film from the great Jean Renoir. Though made in 1936, it still feels relevant and is just a beautiful and simple story, very well told. The scenery and cinematography are gorgeous. My only complaint is the character/actor of Anatole, every time he was on screen he made me cringe, but otherwise this is a short masterpiece!

  • Mar 13, 2016

    A family from Paris spend a day in the country, where a couple of local gents conspire to romance the daughter under the nose of her fiance. A short, beautifully bittersweet vignette from Renoir based on a Guy de Maupassant story.

    A family from Paris spend a day in the country, where a couple of local gents conspire to romance the daughter under the nose of her fiance. A short, beautifully bittersweet vignette from Renoir based on a Guy de Maupassant story.

  • Jan 07, 2016

    A short piece of art by Jean Renoir

    A short piece of art by Jean Renoir

  • Jul 29, 2015

    From a 40-minute rural film that begins so light-heartedly, the genius of director Jean Renoir is the powerful emotions of sadness and remorse he weaves it.

    From a 40-minute rural film that begins so light-heartedly, the genius of director Jean Renoir is the powerful emotions of sadness and remorse he weaves it.

  • Jun 10, 2014

    A quick touching love story. Due to its short length, it does not bog down too much in excess, but gets right to the point.

    A quick touching love story. Due to its short length, it does not bog down too much in excess, but gets right to the point.

  • Jan 24, 2014

    Although considered an unfinished film, the footage was constructed into a surprisingly tight & emotionally solid cohesive narrative about a boy falling for a girl & reuniting with her years later, after she's married.

    Although considered an unfinished film, the footage was constructed into a surprisingly tight & emotionally solid cohesive narrative about a boy falling for a girl & reuniting with her years later, after she's married.

  • Edgar C Super Reviewer
    Aug 18, 2013

    Prior to his antiwar humanist testament and his complete destruction of the bourgeois moral and mass media etiquette, Renoir envisioned Guy de Maupassant's enchanting love tale with an exquisite filming of the countryside and the Nature silences accompanying its peacefulness as it quietly became a witness of impulsive romances and broken hearts. This may be the earliest, most beautiful perspective of the countryside that had been captured in prewar cinema. With all the pain in my heart, I must chop off half a star - still justifying its lack of completion - because of events of a higher force than the will of its creators. The surviving vignette provides enough evidence to confirm with a confidence of 99% that this was meant to be a magical 5-star masterpiece of the highest class, given its character variety, its camera dynamism and the tender score, elements that, even to this day, make me go sucker for this kind of delicate dramas. Those remaining years situated between the two holidays depicted in this surviving fragment rank as one of the most unfortunate cinematic losses of all times. 89/100

    Prior to his antiwar humanist testament and his complete destruction of the bourgeois moral and mass media etiquette, Renoir envisioned Guy de Maupassant's enchanting love tale with an exquisite filming of the countryside and the Nature silences accompanying its peacefulness as it quietly became a witness of impulsive romances and broken hearts. This may be the earliest, most beautiful perspective of the countryside that had been captured in prewar cinema. With all the pain in my heart, I must chop off half a star - still justifying its lack of completion - because of events of a higher force than the will of its creators. The surviving vignette provides enough evidence to confirm with a confidence of 99% that this was meant to be a magical 5-star masterpiece of the highest class, given its character variety, its camera dynamism and the tender score, elements that, even to this day, make me go sucker for this kind of delicate dramas. Those remaining years situated between the two holidays depicted in this surviving fragment rank as one of the most unfortunate cinematic losses of all times. 89/100