- 1. Due to circumstances beyond his control,
Jean Renoir was unable to finish this film.
- 2. As he is currently in America,
- 3. we chose to present it without modification,
to respect his work and style.
- 4. Two title cards were added
to aid comprehension.
- 5. One summer Sunday in 1860, Mr. Dufour,
owner of a Parisian hardware store,
- 6. borrowed a milk cart
and set off to commune with nature,
- 7. accompanied by his wife,
mother-in-law and daughter,
- 8. as well as his shop boy Anatole,
his future son-in-law and successor.
- 9. - They're biting!
- Lots of fish?
- 10. Some say there aren't many,
but not if you know how to catch them.
- 11. - Mr. Dufour!
- This looks like the perfect spot.
- 12. There's even a restaurant.
Let's have lunch.
- 13. - Do you agree, Mrs. Dufour?
- 14. The road passes under the bridge.
We'll have to go around.
- 15. Giddyap!
- 16. - It's so shady and cool.
- They have swings. How fun!
- 17. We'll catch loads of fish!
- 18. We're in for a real feast,
- 19. you can bet on it.
- 20. "Restaurant Poulain.
- 21. Reception rooms, swings.
2 francs 50."
- 22. Affordable too.
- 23. Thanks.
- 24. Now you stop that, Mr. Dufour!
- 25. - Hello!
- Have any fishing rods?
- 26. No, we don't.
- 27. - Don't people fish?
- They bring their own gear.
- 28. They don't rent fishing poles!
Let's go somewhere else.
- 29. I'm staying right here.
It's too hot on the road.
- 30. Quite right, my dear.
We'll eat here.
- 31. - Send out the chef.
- Right away, sir.
- 32. Are you happy we've arrived,
- 33. We'll get some fresh air
and have a nice lunch!
- 34. No, no! I'm hungry.
- 35. I'll park the cart in the shade.
She can get off there.
- 36. Let's go, horses.
- 37. - They're from a dairy.
- What do I care?
- 38. - Yes, they're in a milk cart.
- What kind?
- 39. - A family.
- Just my rotten luck!
- 40. - Might as well go home.
- Then why don't you?
- 41. - If at least there were women -
- There are three women.
- 42. - Three?
- Here's the boss.
- 43. - They want lunch, Mr. Poulain.
- Let's get to work.
- 44. Cold water for your absinthe, Mr. Henri.
- 45. Thanks, Mr. Poulain.
- 46. Shall I fry up the fish
you caught this morning?
- 47. No way, I'm sick of fish!
How about you?
- 48. Since the factory opened,
the fish taste like motor oil.
- 49. - Feed them to the cats?
- Feed them to the Parisians. They'll love it.
- 50. Good idea!
Thanks, Mr. Henri.
- 51. - The customers are waiting.
- Fine. Here I go.
- 52. They'll want a picnic.
Parisians always do.
- 53. If this keeps up, we'll have to go
even further to get some peace.
- 54. Pity, we have a fine time here.
- 55. Nice people, close to Paris,
we do as we please.
- 56. Poulain wouldn't even mind
if we swam in our underwear.
- 57. - What about the local gendarme?
- A pal. We had drinks two nights ago.
- 58. - Don't trust him.
- Parisians are like germs.
- 59. Let one in, and a week later
the place is crawling with them.
- 60. What shall we do today?
- 61. Escape. Row up the river.
- 62. By the time we get back,
they'll be gone.
- 63. It's too hot to row.
- 64. Stop, you fool!
You never could mix absinthe!
- 65. Let's check out the dairymaids.
- 66. What a lovely spot!
- 67. - Could we have fried fish?
- Nothing could be easier.
- 68. How lucky we are!
- 69. - You a re on the banks of a river.
- I'd rather catch my own.
- 70. We'll have fish, rabbit fricassee,
salad and dessert.
- 71. Give me a big push.
- 72. Bring us two liters of white wine
and some red from Bordeaux.
- 73. Can we have lunch on the grass?
- 74. We didn't come to the country
to eat inside!
- 75. Hold tight!
- 76. Stop, I'm begging you!
That's too high.
- 77. Are we eating here, son-in-law?
- 78. - It's ordered already.
- We're leaving already?
- 79. We'll write it down for you.
- 80. - Can we go down to the river?
- Right away.
- 81. I'll unbutton my waistcoat.
Let's go, buddy.
- 82. Headcheese and white wine -
how's that sound?
- 83. Don't disturb us.
We're very busy.
- 84. He's in an important meeting.
- 85. I hope you chilled the wine.
- 86. - Look at the mist on the bottle.
- Good girl!
- 87. Wonderful invention, the swing.
- 88. It promises a lot,
but you can't see a thing.
- 89. Only because she's standing.
- 90. If she'd sit, the view
would be much more interesting.
- 91. I think I'll go talk to them.
- 92. I'm sure they'd love to meet us.
- 93. Dumb move. You'll scare them,
they'll hide behind their men,
- 94. and you'll end up
playing hopscotch with the milkman.
- 95. - Is that so?
- I have your best interests at heart.
- 96. Personally, such affairs don't appeal to me.
- 97. Yes, we know.
You're looking for eternal love.
- 98. - What do you mean?
- You stayed with Hortense for 15 months.
- 99. She was very beautiful.
- 100. But dumb!
I'd have dumped her after a week.
- 101. She didn't need to be intelligent.
- 102. And you'd still be with Lea
if she hadn't married poor Gustave.
- 103. I can't help it.
At heart, I'm a family man.
- 104. Whores bore me,
society girls are even worse,
- 105. and the others are too dangerous.
- 106. You're afraid of the pox.
- 107. No, of responsibilities.
- 108. Imagine that girl on the swing
was interested in you,
- 109. what would you do?
- 110. I'd invite her for a boat ride.
- 111. We'd land on the island,
or by the dam,
- 112. and once safely alone,
- 113. time for some hanky-panky!
- 114. What if she gets pregnant?
- 115. If babies were born
every time you fool around...
- 116. the world would be overpopulated.
- 117. What if she fell in love with you?
- 118. - It'd prove she has excellent taste.
- Stop kidding around.
- 119. I can't picture you in a dairy.
- 120. You'd never see her again,
and it might ruin her life.
- 121. What a shame.
It's not worth it, buddy.
- 122. Get off the swing.
We'll find your father.
- 123. She seems like such a nice girl.
- 124. I think she's fantastic.
Properly dressed, she'd be incredible.
- 125. I've made you an omelet with tarragon.
- 126. Not eating your headcheese?
- 127. No, chubby.
Give me some omelet.
- 128. Seen the Parisians?
The wife's really something!
- 129. - You mean the daughter.
- No, she's too skinny for me.
- 130. You're interested in the mother?
- 131. You bet!
That's what I call a woman.
- 132. Lots to keep you busy!
- 133. A classy dresser and fine manners too.
- 134. - You're making my mouth water.
- I'm too busy.
- 135. But in your shoes,
I know what I'd do.
- 136. He's worse than a kid.
- 137. The mother is starting to interest me.
- 138. Everything is working out perfectly.
- 139. I'm not afraid of responsibilities,
- 140. so I'll take the girl, with all the risks:
kids, ruined lives.
- 141. You take the mother.
Your scruples don't apply.
- 142. We'll have a fine afternoon!
- 143. Shall we approach them separately
- 144. Women are like minnows.
They move in groups.
- 145. Easy on the salt.
You'll be thirsty later.
- 146. Kitty!
- 147. Could we have our lunch here?
- 148. Under the tree will be perfect.
- 149. I hope there are no ants.
- 150. No ants, but lots of cherries.
Could we eat some?
- 151. We ought to ask permission.
- 152. Are you nuts?
You'll scare away all the fish.
- 153. Where are your brains?
- 154. - See that stump?
- What stump?
- 155. The one I'm pointing at.
- 156. - Underneath it, in the shade.
- 157. A perfect hideout for predatory fish.
- 158. I'll bet there's a fat pike under there,
waiting to pounce on its prey.
- 159. - A pike?
- They eat their own weight in fish every day.
- 160. That's why they're called
- 161. and because they're difficult to catch.
- 162. With one bite,
they snap the thickest line.
- 163. - Could they bite off a finger?
- Not off, but down to the bone.
- 164. Their mouths are studded with teeth.
- 165. - Rivers are filled with strange things.
- That's for sure.
- 166. Nature has not yet revealed
all her secrets.
- 167. - Look!
- A pike?
- 168. - No, a chub.
- A shrub?
- 169. Not a shrub, you fool!
- 170. - You catch them with cherries.
- It's tiny.
- 171. It's not that small.
- 172. If only we had fishing rods.
- 173. Look at this lovely golden caterpillar.
- 174. Don't touch it. You'll get a rash.
- 175. It's not dirty.
All it eats is grass.
- 176. How amazing the country is,
- 177. dozens of tiny things under each blade
of grass, living and moving.
- 178. - That's nature.
- We risk crushing them with each step.
- 179. Think like that, you'll never do anything.
- 180. I wonder if those little creatures
feel joy and sorrow like us.
- 181. Of course not.
- 182. They're not people.
Besides, they're too small.
- 183. Still, they are born and die like us.
- 184. - I wonder how caterpillars have babies.
- They don't.
- 185. That one, so fat and golden,
will surely become a lovely butterfly.
- 186. What strange, funny things.
Just like us!
- 187. When you were young -
- 188. I mean,
when you were my age,
- 189. did you often visit the country?
- 190. No, not very often. Like you.
- 191. Did it make you feel all funny,
like I feel today?
- 192. Funny?
- 193. Yes.
- 194. Did you feel
an immense tenderness for it all -
- 195. for the grass, the water, the trees?
- 196. A vague sort of yearning.
- 197. It starts here, then it rises.
- 198. It almost makes me want to cry.
- 199. Tell me, Mother,
- 200. did you feel like that
when you were young?
- 201. Dear child, I still feel like that
- 202. but I'm more reasonable now.
- 203. Come and see!
There are some fantastic boats.
- 204. - Such funny boats!
- Boats! Come on, Mother!
- 205. - Henriette, your hat!
- Leave it. We'll picnic there.
- 206. Oh, my skirt!
There's so much dirt in the country!
- 207. They're skiffs, Anatole.
- 208. I know all about them.
- 209. Since you agree to go "fishing,"
- 210. let's discuss our methods.
- 211. Casting would be the most sporting.
- 212. With live bait, dead bait,
or a lure?
- 213. Ladies require a lure, obviously.
- 214. - Shall we fish from the shore or a boat?
- A boat is more elegant.
- 215. Come on, buddy.
- 216. For the mother, it's best
to swoop down like an eagle.
- 217. First, we need a lure.
- 218. You're not very alluring.
- 219. - Here's the bait.
- Let me see that.
- 220. I can imagine her
pinning on these flowers this morning.
- 221. Give it to me.
- 222. - Why?
- You'll see.
- 223. If you say so.
- 224. She loves me, she loves me not,
she loves me, she loves me not.
- 225. Must we do this?
It's so nice to lie in the grass and smoke.
- 226. For 15 minutes,
then it gets boring.
- 227. The wind's veered to the west.
The clouds are chasing each other.
- 228. - Drat all these flies!
- It means we're in for a storm.
- 229. Good. It'll calm us down.
- 230. Is that a skiff? It's so pointy.
- 231. - It's built for speed.
- Could we go for a ride?
- 232. I'm too scared.
- 233. No need to be scared.
Their speed makes them very stable.
- 234. - I wouldn't get in if you paid me.
- I'm not afraid.
- 235. - You must learn to swim first.
- Can you swim, Mr. Dufour?
- 236. Of course!
- 237. I used to, but I've forgotten.
I'm too busy now.
- 238. - What's this for?
- It's called an oarlock.
- 239. Some people call them "dames."
- 240. Rowers never set out
without their dames!
- 241. It's simple.
- 242. With a boat like that,
- 243. I bet I could hit 15 miles an hour
without breaking a sweat.
- 244. I'd love to go for a ride.
Couldn't we rent one?
- 245. No, dear. Such fine skiffs
must belong to the customers.
- 246. Besides, it's getting cloudy.
- 247. I shouldn't be surprised
if we had a squall.
- 248. - A squall?
- Don't you know anything?
- 249. A squall is a nautical term
for a storm, you ignoramus.
- 250. Lunch is ready.
Shall I serve it?
- 251. If it's going to rain, let's eat inside.
- 252. I want to picnic under the cherry tree.
- 253. - Well, Mr. Dufour?
- Your daughter is right.
- 254. We came to get some fresh air.
- 255. As I was telling Anatole,
we don't have enough oxygen in Paris.
- 256. That's the truth.
- 257. - Outside or inside?
- Outside, under the cherry tree.
- 258. - As you wish.
- May we eat the cherries?
- 259. Of course.
- 260. Anatole!
- 261. Tell Grandmother that lunch is ready.
- 262. Bring our parasols in case it rains.
- 263. - They stole our spot.
- They probably own those boats.
- 264. They're free to sit where they choose.
- 265. - We'll find another spot.
- Yes, but where?
- 266. - By the jetty.
- Too many nettles.
- 267. - Anywhere. On the grass.
- By the bridge?
- 268. - Yes, sir! By the bridge.
- I preferred the cherry tree.
- 269. Go get your hat.
- 270. - Did you lose your hat, miss?
- Thank you.
- 271. Thank you, sir.
You're too kind.
- 272. - Did you wish to picnic?
- 273. I bet you wanted that spot for the cherries.
I'm warning you, they're not very good.
- 274. It's all yours.
- 275. - We're not disturbing you?
- On the contrary.
- 276. - You're too kind.
- Don't mention it.
- 277. On behalf of the ladies,
I accept with gratitude. Thank you.
- 278. Thank you so much!
- 279. Thank you.
- 280. What a fine spot!
- 281. Well, Henriette,
you got your cherry tree.
- 282. Such polite young men.
Obviously from good families.
- 283. They're certainly not tradesmen.
- 284. Have a seat, Grandma.
- 285. They've taken the bait,
but it's too early to reel them in.
- 286. - They'll swallow it hook, line and sinker.
- 287. Hook, line and sinker, idiot!
Don't you know anything?
- 288. Technical terms bore me.
- 289. Wait till they're hooked.
- 290. For a shopkeeper's daughter,
- 291. that girl has style.
- 292. I was surprised
by how confidently she talked to you.
- 293. - Are those the Prevert brothers?
- No, they're boaters.
- 294. Yes, I knew the Preverts
when they were babies.
- 295. I thought the oldest entered a seminary.
- 296. Sure! We'll write it down for you.
- 297. - Some white wine?
- Yes, I'm thirsty.
- 298. This is good stuff.
- 299. Thanks, my dear.
- 300. The Parisians are going to get soaked.
- 301. Mr. Dufour!
- 302. - Can I get you anything else?
- No, thanks.
- 303. Mr. Dufour...
- 304. how about a little stroll
in the woods?
- 305. I'm uncomfortable here.
- 306. Cyprien!
- 307. Remember last year
- 308. when we got lost in the forest?
- 309. I'm sure there are ants here.
- 310. No, Mother, you're imagining things.
- 311. There's one in my bodice.
- 312. Loosen the laces.
- 313. He's driving me nuts!
- 314. Anatole! Quit hiccuping!
- 315. Make him stop.
My nerves can't stand it!
- 316. Calm down.
We'll give him some water.
- 317. Water?
All we have is wine.
- 318. If you were a man,
you'd find some water!
- 319. Anatole, don't be ridiculous.
- 320. That came from the stomach.
- 321. To the kitchen. I'll handle this.
- 322. Where are you going?
- 323. To drown yourself in the river?
- 324. That's all we need!
- 325. - Scratch my back.
- Like this?
- 326. Not there, more to the right.
- 327. That's the spot.
What a relief!
- 328. Kitty!
- 329. - It's time to reel them in.
- If you like.
- 330. - Lace me up.
- I can't. They're looking.
- 331. - What lovely weather.
- A bit muggy, isn't it?
- 332. True.
Such heat isn't normal.
- 333. - We're in for a storm.
- May we join you?
- 334. Certainly.
- 335. - Mind if I smoke?
- I'm used to it.
- 336. My husband smokes like a chimney.
- 337. - You did well in coming here.
- Yes, the fish was delicious.
- 338. I meant it was well for us.
- 339. Poulain's restaurant
lacks good company,
- 340. as we noticed over our drinks.
- 341. Imagine our delight to hear
some pretty Parisians had arrived.
- 342. Such flattery!
- 343. Not at all, madam.
I'm being quite sincere.
- 344. - Men are all the same!
- And you, miss, on the swing,
- 345. such grace and charm.
- 346. Absolutely delightful.
- 347. Wild horses couldn't have
dragged me away.
- 348. - Do those pretty boats belong to you?
- Yes, miss. To both of us.
- 349. How about a boat ride?
Just the four of us, on the river.
- 350. - How about it?
- Oh, yes!
- 351. We could row you over to the dam.
It's a beautiful spot.
- 352. Oh, yes!
Please say we can, Mother.
- 353. I don't know if it's proper.
- 354. We might get caught in the rain,
and we need Mr. Dufour's permission.
- 355. - The sun's out again.
- Yes, it is.
- 356. - Shall I ask Father?
- 357. Take the gentlemen with you to explain.
It's more proper.
- 358. - Yes, Mother.
- 359. Just a moment, please.
- 360. Lace me up.
- 361. What fine young men.
And such manners.
- 362. - You seem to be poaching in my waters.
- What if I am?
- 363. Fine. Go with her to find Daddy.
I'll get the fishing rods.
- 364. - You're smarter than you look.
- I'm smarter than you think.
- 365. We'll see.
- 366. - Do you often visit the country?
- Once a year. And you?
- 367. - Every evening.
- You're lucky.
- 368. - Come more often if you enjoy it.
- It's impossible.
- 369. - Why?
- We have no time for trips.
- 370. - My parents have a business to run.
- Not so scared of responsibility now?
- 371. - I'm getting used to it.
- Responsibilities? You have a business?
- 372. Yes, my friend and I are partners.
- 373. We don't always agree
and sometimes trip each other up,
- 374. but it all works out.
- 375. That's how it is with partners.
Father prefers to work alone.
- 376. It made my hiccups stop.
- 377. What did I tell you?
Water never fails.
- 378. May Mother and I go boating
with these two gentlemen?
- 379. - On the river?
- Yes. In skiffs.
- 380. - Skiffs?
- If you like fishing, try these.
- 381. Fishing rods!
- 382. - You'll lend them to us?
- 383. Here's some worms
and some rotten cheese.
- 384. Chub adore it.
- 385. What do pike prefer:
cherries or rotten cheese?
- 386. You're hopeless, Anatole.
Chub eat everything.
- 387. This is our lucky day,
isn't it, Mr. Dufour?
- 388. I told you we'd return to Paris
with fish to fry.
- 389. I don't know how to thank you.
- 390. Such kindness and generosity
- 391. are the mark of true gentlemen.
- 392. - Well, Father?
- 393. Can we go out on the skiffs?
- 394. With these gentlemen?
- 395. Coming, Anatole?
- 396. I almost forgot -
- 397. Where is the best fishing?
- 398. Follow the riverbank
to the stunted willow.
- 399. Poulain throws his scraps there.
It's like a chub party.
- 400. We'll join their party.
- 401. - It's only natural.
- So kind of you.
- 402. - Coming, Anatole?
- And that's that.
- 403. - I'm caught on the hook!
- Look at that idiot.
- 404. You'll put my eye out
with that fishing rod!
- 405. - Let's enjoy your freedom.
- Hurry, it's getting late.
- 406. Mother, Father agreed!
- 407. You'll make me fall!
- 408. You must be more careful with ladies.
- 409. That's why we love them.
- 410. Excuse me.
- 411. - How shall we arrange it?
- It's arranged itself.
- 412. - I'm a good sport. I'll take the mother.
- 413. You first, madam.
- 414. I'm so frightened.
- 415. It's not dangerous, is it?
- 416. I put myself in your hands,
trusting as a child.
- 417. Have no fear.
I'll protect you like my own daughter.
- 418. - It's a pity the boat is so narrow.
- 419. You could've sat next to me
- 420. - and we'd row together like lovebirds.
- Oh, stop it!
- 421. I wouldn't dare.
- 422. In just your undershirt,
you look almost naked.
- 423. - Where is your family's business?
- Rue des Martyrs.
- 424. - Nice area. Not too crowded.
- I prefer here.
- 425. If your parents are too busy,
come on your own.
- 426. Your mother can put you on the train
and I'll pick you up here.
- 427. - Father would never allow it.
- That's a shame.
- 428. Mr. Dufour!
- 429. We're rowing to the dam!
- 430. Wherever you like...
- 431. just keep quiet!
- 432. - Anatole, give me your fishing rod.
- 433. - Give me your fishing rod.
- Please, Mr. Dufour.
- 434. - You're hopeless, Anatole!
- Please, Mr. Dufour.
- 435. I was dying to ride in your boats.
- 436. - Not disappointed?
- On the contrary.
- 437. Maybe it's the way you row,
but we glide along so beautifully.
- 438. It's so quiet here
- 439. that it seems wrong
to make any noise,
- 440. to break the silence.
- 441. Silence?
With the birds chattering away?
- 442. Their song is part of the silence.
- 443. - Do you like the river?
- Oh, yes.
- 444. So do I.
I come here often.
- 445. Wouldn't you like to go ashore?
- 446. Just to stretch our legs.
- 447. Mr. Henri...
- 448. I'd rather not.
- 449. - Why not?
- It's getting late. Mother will be worried.
- 450. She's scared of the water.
She'll surely be on her way back.
- 451. You really want to go back?
- 452. Yes.
- 453. Very well.
- 454. As you wish.
- 455. It's best if we went back.
- 456. Henriette!
- 457. I'm not afraid at all now.
Mr. Rodolphe is very skilled.
- 458. We'll row all the way to the end!
- 459. Listen to that bird.
- 460. It's a nightingale. He sings all day
when the female is nesting.
- 461. - A nightingale?
- Be very quiet. We'll go sit by him.
- 462. Duck your head.
- 463. It's beautiful.
I've never seen anything so beautiful.
- 464. All enclosed, like a house.
- 465. I come here often.
I call it my private office.
- 466. He's in that tree.
- 467. And what is your name, madam?
- 468. How bold of you! Why do you ask?
- 469. So I may court you.
- 470. Well... try to guess.
- 471. I give up.
- 472. - Juliette.
- Then I'm Romeo.
- 473. - No. Your name is Rodolphe.
- I'd rather be Romeo right now.
- 474. He's so funny!
Wherever do you get such ideas?
- 475. Henriette!
- 476. Henriette!
- 477. Henriette!
- 478. Years passed,
with Sundays as bleak as Mondays.
- 479. Anatole married Henriette,
and one particular Sunday...
- 480. I often come here.
- 481. My happiest memories are here.
- 482. I think of it every night.
- 483. Henriette!
- 484. Time for us to go, dear.
- 485. Yes, it is.
- 486. Well?