A film by Jean Renoir
Jean Renoir's heralded masterpiece Une Partie de Campagne almost never saw the light of day. Now, Renoir's adaptation of Guy Maupassant's short story is recognised as one of the filmmaker's finest creations.
On an idyllic day in the country, a family, consisting of a father, mother, their daughter Henriette and her fiance Anatole gather for a restful picnic. Against all her best judgement, Henriette finds herself succumbing to an all-too-brief romantic encounter which leaves her subtly yet undeniably changed.
In Une Partie de Campagne, Renoir creates a lyrical and bittersweet hymn to the beauty and majesty of nature.
DVD Special Features
Un Tournage à la Campagne - a feature length documentary on the making of the film
La Direction d'acteur par Jean Renoir - a revealing demonstration of Renoir’s working method
Audio Commentary by Anna Dzenis, Lecturer in Cinema Studies, La Trobe University and Rick Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies, La Trobe University
Insert booklet by Ian Johnston, film writer whose work has appeared in THE FILM JOURNAL and BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM JOURNAL