Picnic on the Grass

Le déjeuner sur l'herbe

89 mins
7.4 / 10 (945)


Etienne Alexis, a candidate for the presidency of the new Europe, is a pompous scientist promoting artificial insemination. However, while hosting a picnic, he encounters a young, modern peasant woman, Nénette, and learns that science sometimes does not have all the answers.

MUBI's take

Recalling the sun-swept pastoral scenes of his father’s paintings, this late work by Jean Renoir turned his focus to the dichotomy between science and the forces of nature. A deeply personal drama from one of cinema’s finest filmmakers reaching the logical conclusion of his artistic project.