Modern Life

    Genre
    Documentary
  • Runtime
    88 mins
  • Release Date
    2008
  • Countries
    France
  • Languages
    French

ANGELIKA’S NOTE

Photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon is renowned for his documentation of the French countryside. In MODERN LIFE he casts an affectionate and irreverent eye on a small community of farmers as they are confronted by the problems and challenges the contemporary world brings. This Cannes Film Festival Official Selection was heralded by The Evening Standard as "Superb, affectionate and astute!," and is rated 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Treated with equal suspicion, strangers and women are gradually accepted into the fabric of the farming life so as to sustain a way of life that celebrates the traditions and methods of old. Through portraits of these unforgettable people, Modern Life becomes a witness to farmers' lives, values, and stories: all that binds them to the land, and its legacy.
DIRECTED BY:
Raymond Depardon
CAST INCLUDES:
Paul Argaud, Louis Brès, Marcelle Brès

SYNOPSIS

The Cévennes region in southern France is a region of hilly passes, lonely farms and lonelier farmers. There we are introduced to aged bachelor brothers Marcel and Raymond Privat, whose old-fashioned shepherding methods and primitive farming techniques lead them into contention with their younger nephew and his ‘outsider’ wife from Calais. Then there’s dairy farmers Germaine and Marcel Challaye, who struggle to maintain their diminishing flock with no help from their numerous children, and chain-smoking solitary farmer Paul Argaud, the very epitome of disillusion and governmental disinheritance. Finally the Jeanroy family offer a bleak picture of those that stay against the odds, with their son Daniel, who would much rather be doing anything else.

Modern Life

    Genre
    Documentary
  • Runtime
    88 mins
  • Release Date
    2008
  • Countries
    France
  • Languages
    French
DIRECTED BY
Raymond Depardon
CAST INCLUDES
Paul Argaud, Louis Brès, Marcelle Brès
Photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon is renowned for his documentation of the French countryside. In MODERN LIFE he casts an affectionate and irreverent eye on a small community of farmers as they are confronted by the problems and challenges the contemporary world brings. This Cannes Film Festival Official Selection was heralded by The Evening Standard as "Superb, affectionate and astute!," and is rated 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Treated with equal suspicion, strangers and women are gradually accepted into the fabric of the farming life so as to sustain a way of life that celebrates the traditions and methods of old. Through portraits of these unforgettable people, Modern Life becomes a witness to farmers' lives, values, and stories: all that binds them to the land, and its legacy.

The Cévennes region in southern France is a region of hilly passes, lonely farms and lonelier farmers. There we are introduced to aged bachelor brothers Marcel and Raymond Privat, whose old-fashioned shepherding methods and primitive farming techniques lead them into contention with their younger nephew and his ‘outsider’ wife from Calais. Then there’s dairy farmers Germaine and Marcel Challaye, who struggle to maintain their diminishing flock with no help from their numerous children, and chain-smoking solitary farmer Paul Argaud, the very epitome of disillusion and governmental disinheritance. Finally the Jeanroy family offer a bleak picture of those that stay against the odds, with their son Daniel, who would much rather be doing anything else.