Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Criterion on Hulu: A Day in the Country (1936)

A Day in the Country movie poster CriterionA Day in the Country (1936) - Written and Directed by Jean Renoir; Starring Sylvia Bataille, Jane Marken, Georges D' Arnoux.

By Kenny Howell

Short film that was supposed to be a feature from the master French filmmaker Jean Renoir (Grand Illusion).

The story follows a Parisian family that visits the country for the day. The daughter, Henriette, draws the eye of two local men, and it follows their courtship over the day.

At just 40 minutes, we don't really get to know these characters a well as we should, so it takes away from the love story itself. Like most Renoir films, it is beautifully shot, and there are some humor peppered throughout it as well. Any work by Renoir is worth seeing, even if it is one of his minor ones like this one.

A Day in the Country is available on Hulu through the Criterion Collection.

Rating: ***

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