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3.6
163 Ratings

Picnic on the Grass

Le déjeuner sur l'herbe

Directed by Jean Renoir
France, 1959
Comedy, Romance

Synopsis

Etienne Alexis, a candidate for president of the new Europe, is a scientist promoting artificial insemination. His wealthy household is stiff, intellectual, and sterile. To celebrate his engagement to a German cousin, he hosts an aseptic picnic, where mother nature asserts herself.

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Picnic on the Grass Directed by Jean Renoir

Critics reviews

It is the perfect setting for this back-to-nature comedy in which a scientist (and hopeful presidential candidate), is lured away from the world of the mind for that of the flesh. But instead of using this return to indulge in nostalgia or reiterate the naturalistic style of his still-famous triumphs – Renoir pushes further into farce and caricature. Picnic on the Grass is a broad and joyful comedy that was inevitably compared with Rules of the Game (1939) and Grand Illusion (1937).
August 22, 2017
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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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