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Modern Life

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.
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.
In French with English subtitles.
Language
French (Standard)
Country
France
Year of release
2009
Year of production
2008
Subjects
Agriculture; French studies
Keywords
France; countryside; shepherding methods

Credits

Director
Raymond Depardon

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
80 minutes
Year
2018

Production Company

Name

Soda Pictures

Email
info@sodapictures.com
Web
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Phone
020 7377 1407
Address
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London
E1 6PL

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