April 16, 1971
The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,
Half Past Ten,
To Be or Not To Be
The Boat on the Grass (French: Le Bateau sur l'herbe) is a 1971 French film directed by Gérard Brach. It was entered into the 1971 Cannes Film Festival.
In this gentle, tragic drama, Olivier (John McEnery) is a wealthy young man. He spends his time building a boat on the lawn with his friend David (Jean-Pierre Cassel), a poor fisherman whom he grew up with. Though hardly idyllic, the relative calm provided by their friendship is disrupted by Eleonore (Claude Jade), a cute and determined young woman who sets her sights on David. She wants to wean David from his friendship with Olivier and plays on David's long-dormant jealousy of Olivier's wealth and easy life. Eleonore also plays the flipside of the jealousy issue, claiming that Olivier has made passes at her.
Vincent Canby: "Adorable Acting, especially by Claude Jade, who brings the right mixture of conventionalism and self-interest into her role."
ReferencesThe Boat on the Grass Wikipedia
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