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 country girl Catherine Rouvel. Previously a strong advocate of "artificial sex", Meurisse changes his mind after dallying with the lusty Rouvel. Almost childlike in its approach to the material at hand, Picnic on the Grass is one of Renoir's most playful efforts. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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

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Again and again, sumptuous photography collapses into cold argument.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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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.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

An impressionistic incantation, an air-filled home movie by Renoir

Mar 15, 2010 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[A] rather reactionary and ponderous satire on modern society.

Jun 17, 2003 | Full Review…

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