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La Règle du Jeu (1939)

Comedy | 110 minutes
3,48 251 votes

Genre: Comedy / Drama

Duration: 110 minuten

Alternative title: The Rules of the Game

Country: France

Directed by: Jean Renoir

Stars: Nora Gregor, Marcel Dalio and Julien Carette

IMDb score: 7,9 (31.395)

Releasedate: 9 July 1939

La Règle du Jeu plot

A young pilot admits to having an extramarital affair on national radio. To avoid a scandal, his girlfriend's husband invites everyone involved for a hunt at his mansion.

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Robert de la Cheyniest

Christine de la Cheyniest

Lisette, sa camériste

Geneviève de Marras

Madame de la Plante

Madame de la Bruyère

Jackie, nièce de Christine


Marceau, le braconnier

André Jurieux

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avatar van rokkenjager


  • 2859 messages
  • 1663 votes

After two films I can easily conclude that Renoir is not my director. The classic status of his films eludes me completely.

Terrible farce at its best, this terribly boring messy affair too. The often praised dialogues are really an eyesore: they feel very bland and made. In addition, the drama that oozes from each scene is laughable, to the point of ridiculous. Unfortunately I never had to laugh.

One aspect of Renoir's work that often irritates me is the bad acting. The film contains many (annoying) characters, but I can't help feeling that little attention is paid to them. By the way, I miss the essential in this film. Because what exactly is this movie about? Is it a comedy? A tragedy? A love story? Or just a chaotic, incoherent satire. I want you, you want me, I hate you, you love me, I hate you, I love you, we love each other, he loves you, you love each other, he hates you, I love everyone and i hate everyone. Hey?

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avatar van Movsin


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French classic that I saw for the second time because I had the impression that I had overlooked something 8 years ago. And guess what: Jean Renoir sketches here some social groups (nobility, bourgeoisie, domestic servants) and their mutual relationships in France just before WWII. It culminates in a crazy satire in which two major scenes - the hunt and the party - are very significant because they bring a lot of moments where superficiality, unsteadiness, frivolity, frivolity and infidelity are idiosyncratically satirized by Renoir. Very typical and cynical is the final scene where the Marquis whitewashes a murderer, even takes him under his wing, simply because the slain is a love rival of the Marquis..
Absurdity, especially in the dialogues, is divided in this special mise-en scene and the vaudeville-like stuff still contains witty acting.
Join the more positive reviews.

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avatar van Kiekerjan


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  • 106 votes

A comedy of morals made on the eve of the Second World War, on the one hand intended as a beautiful dream that should disguise pessimism, but at the time regarded as biting satire. A war film without war, to paraphrase Renoir himself. In fact, no less shocking than Boudu. What remains of all that social criticism eighty years later? Chaotic back and forth for an hour and a half. Some absurd scenes, think of Schumacher chasing his rival and shooting the whole house full of holes. The laxity of the aristocrats. A cynical undertone, often present in scenes with Octave (Renoir) and of course the shocking ending, in which the hero is swept under the rug without boo or ba. It's not for me.

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