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A Day in the Country (1946)

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 with 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 with 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

Certificate:

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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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The boy fishing from the bridge in the beginning of the film is Jean Renoir 's son. See more »

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Renoir meets Maupassant:up where they belong.
10 March 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Unfinished,this is a one of Renoir's most remarkable works.As far as Guy DE Maupassant is concerned,only Max OPhuls's "le plaisir"(1951) and Christian-Jaque's "Boule de Suif" (1950)equal it.

This is apparently a very simple story:a couple of bourgeois (Jane Marken and Gabriello) ,their daughter (Sylvia Bataille) and her less-than-handsome husband leave for a day in the country (title).There the young girl meets love ,short-lived happiness.

Beneath the placid surface,tragedy emerges.The beautiful landscape,the simmering water,the whispering grass,the swings which seem to reach for a pure sky,the small fish you savor in the guinguettes down by the river,the thrill of it all!The young girl's longing for true love is harder to endure in such a peaceful paradise.This is one of these rare movies in which you experiment happiness tinged with an infinite sadness.

A whole sequence is missing:a card explains the events which were not filmed.Sylvia Bataille's last line(to the man she fell in love with) will make you cry out:"I've been thinking of it every day".Woman has always been sacrificed in Maupassant's work.At a running time of 40 minutes,a lot of people claim it for Renoir's best though.I do.Claude Renoir marvelously conveys Maupassant's depictions with his pictures.


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