This bittersweet work from Jean Renoir, based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, is a tenderly comic idyll about a city family's picnic in the French countryside and the romancing of the mother and grown daughter by two local men. Conceived as part of a larger project that was never completed, shot in 1936, and released ten years later, the warmly humanist vignette A Day in the Country ranks among Renoir's most lyrical films, with a love for nature imbuing its every beautiful frame.
- Introduction by director Jean Renoir from 1962
- New interview with Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner about the film's production
- New video essay by Faulkner on Renoir's methods
- Un tournage Ã la campagne, an 89-minute 1994 compilation of outtakes from the film
- Interview with producer Pierre Braunberger from 1979
- Screen tests