The Boat on the Grass

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The Boat on the Grass
Directed by Gérard Brach
Produced by Jean-Pierre Rassam
Written by Gérard Brach
Roman Polanski
Suzanne Schiffman
Starring Claude Jade
Jean-Pierre Cassel
John McEnery
Valentina Cortese
Music by François Rabbath
Cinematography Étienne Becker
Edited by Claude Barrois
Distributed by Valoria Films
Release date
April 16, 1971
Running time
90 mins
Country France
Language French

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.[1]


Plot summary[edit]

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."

The film was nominated for the Grand Prix and the Prix du Jury [1]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Boat on the Grass". Retrieved 2009-04-12. 

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