Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe (Picnic on the Grass)
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Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe (Picnic on the Grass)
Jean Renoir never made any secret that Picnic on the Grass (Le Dejeuner sur L'Herbe) was inspired by the impressionist paintings of his father Auguste Renoir, and also of Edouard Monet. The near-surrealistic plotline concerns priggish US presidential candidate Paul Meurisse, who carries on a sterile, clinical courtship with Ingrid Nordine. Proposing that he and Nordine have an image-boosting "picnic on the grass", the scientifically-oriented Meurisse is distracted by the visceral charms of country girl Catherine Rouvel. Previously a strong advocate of "artificial sex",… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Again and again, sumptuous photography collapses into cold argument."
‑ , Time Out
"One of director Jean Renoir's oddest films, Picnic On The Grass is visually influenced by the Impressionist paintings of his father, Auguste Renoir, and Edouard Manet, but its plot could almost be considered science fiction."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Renoir manages to inject an uncommon amount of feeling into all the frivolity and whimsy; the results are both absurdist and sublime."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"[A] rather reactionary and ponderous satire on modern society."
‑ , Film4
"An impressionistic incantation, an air-filled home movie by Renoir"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
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