Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe (Picnic on the Grass)
Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe (Picnic on the Grass) (1959)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 11, 1959
DVD Release Date: February 11, 1991
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

Again and again, sumptuous photography collapses into cold argument.

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TV Guide

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Renoir manages to inject an uncommon amount of feeling into all the frivolity and whimsy; the results are both absurdist and sublime.

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[A] rather reactionary and ponderous satire on modern society.

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Fernando F. Croce

An impressionistic incantation, an air-filled home movie by Renoir

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