A film by Raymond Depardon
83 minutes, documentary, color, French w/English subtitles, 2008
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. 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.
" Poised and poignant...draws fascinating and subtle insight from individuals whose cherished way of life is slipping away." - Time Out New York
"Visually seductive, funny... A discovery well worth making." - Little White Lies
"Superb, affectionate and astute!" - The Evening Standard
"Rural France, like rural communities everywhere, are changing as new technologies and socio- political realities filter in from the outside. This colorful, poignant, and warmly funny doc watches as the close-knit land of small family farms senses that their hallowed way of life is slowly evaporating. Some stubbornly plan to die the way they have lived, others find ways to include the intrusions into their lives. And all do it for their families. Nice."