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A Day in the Country (1936)

Partie de campagne (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 12 December 1950 (USA)
The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love to a man at the inn, where they spend the day.

Director:

Jean Renoir

Writers:

Jean Renoir, Guy de Maupassant (short story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sylvia Bataille ... Henriette
Georges D'Arnoux Georges D'Arnoux ... Henri (as Georges Saint-Saens)
Jane Marken ... Madame Dufour (as Jeanne Marken)
André Gabriello André Gabriello ... Monsieur Dufour (as Gabriello)
Jacques B. Brunius Jacques B. Brunius ... Rodolphe (as Jacques Borel)
Paul Temps Paul Temps ... Anatole
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... La grand' mère / Grandmother
Jean Renoir ... Père Poulain / Uncle Poulain
Marguerite Renoir Marguerite Renoir ... La servante / Waitress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Lestringuez Pierre Lestringuez ... Un vieux curé / Old priest
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Storyline

The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love to a man at the inn, where they spend the day. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Day in the Country See more »

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Production Co:

Panthéon Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A random slice of life.
22 July 2008 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This movie is a beautiful looking one and is like a day in the life of of a family on their summer holiday on the countryside, somewhere in early 20th century France.

The movie is filled with some unexpected contrasts and metaphors. The movie in now way can be called a formulaic one and it picks its own path with its story. This ensures that the story is both realistic as well as unexpected in parts.

The way how the movie ends is in large contrast with the rest of the otherwise happy and cheerful beginning of the movie. It has a summer holiday look and feeling over it, in which the main characters, from the big city, are obviously enjoying the beauty and quietness of the country life. You would expect the love story to unravel as a romantic one but the romantic first encounter really doesn't go as often gets portrayed in movies. I must say that the movie is just like life and it doesn't try to bloom things. But perceptions differ, as can be also seen in the final sequence of the movie, in which the events of that one summer day in the country left a big lasting impression on the girl.

What Jean Renoir does really well is capturing the right mood and atmosphere of the movie. Even though I obviously wasn't around in 1936, it still feels all very familiar and pleasant. Of course the movie gets helped by its country side environments, which gets captured perfectly on camera.

Not all of the actors were real experienced professionals, which can be seen back in their performances but overall this shouldn't trouble you to much, since Jean Renoir perfectly knows to tell the story with its images and character behavior, rather than relying completely on the actor's skills.

I wouldn't go as far as calling this Renoir's best but it's nevertheless a great, humble, realistic, honest, warm portrayal of life.

8/10

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