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574 Ratings

The Southerner

Directed by Jean Renoir
United States, 1945


Sam is a Texan cotton picker who aspires to run his own farm and create a better life for his family. Aided by his beautiful wife, Nona, Tucker begins to work a neglected plot of land, but numerous difficulties arise, including bad weather and conflicts with jealous neighbors.

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The Southerner Directed by Jean Renoir

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1946 | Winner: Best Feature Film (International Critics Award)

Academy Awards

1946 | 3 nominations including: Best Director

National Board of Review

1945 | 2 wins including: Best Director

Renoir is very adept at blocking out scenes of group revelry, and there is a giddy wedding party sequence that acts as an oasis between emergencies, joining the entire town on bootleg liquor and dance… The Southerner is one of Renoir’s most direct, most simple films, and certainly one of his most moving.
July 25, 2017
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Renoir’s most perfect American film, which can also be counted among his greatest overall… The lyrical, cracker-barrel realism of The Southerner would provide a beacon for future followers – Charles Burnett, for example, has spoken of the film’s influence – but it remains in a class by itself, a pioneer piece of American neorealism.
March 04, 2016
Beulah Bondi’s grotesque Granny undercuts the family scenes, but Renoir’s life-embracing sensibility and veracious, atmospheric style sweep you up in the change of seasons and volatile environments. The film’s haunting possum hunt and nightmarish, disorienting flood are as visceral and poetic as the rabbit shoot in The Rules of the Game.
March 03, 2016

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