Upstairs in a luxurious estate, a group of indifferent bourgeoisies gather for hunting, gossip, and backstabbing affairs. Downstairs, the help endure their own petty intrigue, and the two collide with devastating results. Renoir's astonishing comedy of manners was loathed in its time, banned by the Nazis, and had over 30 minutes removed in a desperate attempt to make it more palatable to audiences. When the full 106-minute cut was discovered in the mid 1950s, it screened at film festivals and has since influenced generations of filmmakers and screenwriters (perhaps most notably in Downton Abbey) and was named at the 13th greatest film of all-time in the 2022 Sight & Sound poll.
In French with English subtitles
DCP - Janus Films.