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Une partie de campagne

Posted by martinteller on November 13, 2003

On the same tape as La Chienne, this one is a bittersweet short. A family of somewhat clueless Parisians takes a Sunday afternoon in the country. A pair of lecherous locals scheme to get the mother & daughter away from their inattentive and ridiculous mates. Renoir’s disdain for the bourgeois is not as biting as Le Regle du Jeu, but it’s definitely there, especially in the beginning. The film gradually changes direction and becomes more of a fable about fleeting happiness and lost opportunities. The photography is gorgeous — everything bathed in bright sunlight, some amazing footage of the daughter on a swing, and magnificent nature shots, particularly during a rainstorm.  Rating: 9


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