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Picnic on the Grass

Le déjeuner sur l'herbe

Directed by Jean Renoir
France, 1959
Comedy, Romance


Etienne Alexis, a candidate for the presidency of the new Europe, is a pompous scientist promoting artificial insemination. However, while hosting a picnic, he encounters a young, modern peasant woman, Nénette, and learns that science sometimes does not have all the answers.

Picnic on the Grass Directed by Jean Renoir
I had remembered it as perhaps Renoir’s most radical film—the one that adds to a bumptious eroticism a hectically comical view of scientific modernity—and I had remembered it right. The plot alone suggests the visionary energy of the the sixty-five-year-old Renoir’s antically philosophical imagination.
October 29, 2012
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An impressionistic incantation, an air-filled home movie by Renoir, and one of the few works to communicate the feeling of sunlight, its warmth and glow.
August 20, 2006
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Adapting the TV shooting techniques of his previous film, The Testament of Dr. Cordelier, and using ravishing color, Renoir manages to inject an uncommon amount of feeling into all the frivolity and whimsy; the results are both absurdist and sublime.
January 01, 1995
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