French poetic realism – an analysis of Renoirs “A day in the country”

Manuela Gilke

French poetic realism  

A day in the country /Une Partie de Campagne by Jean Renoir (1936)

A Day in the Country” tells a simple but poignant tale about illicit love and lust.
1860 – A Parisian industrialist and his family go on an excursion to the countryside, of mingling with provincial and communing with nature. On the Trip are Madame and Monsieur Dufour, her daughter Henriette and her fiancé, Anatole, and the almost deaf grandmother. While the men devote themselves to fishing or sleep, two young men, Henri and Rodolphe, get to know the two women. They invite them to a boat trip. A flirt occurs between the young men and women. Without hesitation the mother gives herself to the lover. The daughter, however, feels great affection for Henri. Years later, when Henriette is already married, she returns to the place of romance and meets Henri again. They confess to…

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