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Partie de Campagne (1936)

Comedy | 40 minutes
3,61 40 votes

Genre: Comedy / Drama

Duration: 40 minuten

Alternative titles: A Day in the Country / Ways of Love

Country: France

Directed by: Jean Renoir

Stars: Sylvia Bataille, Jane Marken and Georges D'Arnoux

IMDb score: 7,5 (7.171)

Releasedate: 21 May 1946


Partie de Campagne plot

The Parisian shop owner Monsieur Dufour takes a trip to the countryside with his family. There they meet Henri and Rodolphe. While Dufour goes fishing with his daughter's fiancé, his wife and daughter Henriette go out with the two gentlemen. His wife has a carefree affair with Rodolphe and Henriette rows with Henri to a remote island, where they have a romance.

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avatar van wibro


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Watched this unfinished film by Renoir again and oh what a pity that Renoir did not finish this film. This is poetry at its best. I have never seen a girl on a swing move back and forth so beautifully. When I saw the images I was reminded of the impressionist paintings of Auguste Renoir. I don't think that's coincidental. The story took place at the same time as Auguste Renoir - according to Wiki the father of the director - made his paintings.

For me, "Partie de Campagne" is perhaps the most beautiful short film ever made and, after review, without a doubt Renoir's most beautiful film. Still a lot better than "La Règle du Jeu", which I thought was his best film for a long time.


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avatar van Onderhond


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Really awful.

It's not even really clear to me what the idea behind this video was. Was it supposed to represent a romance? Kind of weird if we don't get much further than one rapey kissing scene. An ode to the farmers outside? With the gray black and white cinematography and corny dialogues? Or maybe a comedy, with a bad copy of Laurel & Hardy in it?

The thing is, none of them work. Visually it is muddy, the acting is incredibly annoying and the romance is really hard to find. Okay, Renoir was never able to finish this film, which must have helped the selling point and further popularity of this film (that kind of story always works), but that barely makes up for the lack of quality within the remaining minutes .

Really think this is a nuisance. But then I don't have much for the countryside, maybe that helps with the appreciation of this film. In any case, I can't give up the status, and I don't think things will go smoothly between Renoir and me.


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Leland Palmer

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Beautiful. Very attractive pictures. The wind, the sun, the warmth, the shade under a cherry tree, fried fish, a beautiful shot of the rocking daughter and of course... the countryside of the past. With a boat across the river and the threatening thunderstorm. Nice to hear the necessary philosophical conversations with the characters, as well as the naughtiness (of course especially the two young men). The longing and ultimately the feeling of being trapped in a relationship that may only have any practical value, ends the film rather sadly, despite the beauty of everything around it.

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