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Modern Life (2008)

Profils paysans: La vie moderne (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 29 October 2008 (France)
Third documentary of a trilogy produced on the long term (together with Profils paysans: l'approche (2001) and Profils paysans: le quotidien (2005)), showing the simple lives of farmers in contemporary Southern France.


Raymond Depardon
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Credited cast:
Paul Argaud Paul Argaud ... Lui-même - 63 ans, un fermier solitaire
Louis Brès Louis Brès ... Self (archive footage)
Marcelle Brès Marcelle Brès ... Self (archive footage)
Germaine Challaye Germaine Challaye ... Elle-même - sa femme, 70 ans
Marcel Challaye Marcel Challaye ... Lui-même - 80 ans, un fermier
Jacques Chirac Jacques Chirac ... Lui-même (archive footage)
Nathalie Deleuze Nathalie Deleuze ... Elle-même - sa femme
Raymond Depardon ... Lui-même / Voix
Abel Jeanroy Abel Jeanroy ... Lui-même - 63 ans, un fermier à la retraite (as Abel Jean Roy)
Daniel Jeanroy Daniel Jeanroy ... Lui-même - qui a repris la ferme sans enthousiasme (as Daniel Jean Roy)
Gilberte Jeanroy Gilberte Jeanroy ... Elle-même - sa femme (as Gilberte Jean Roy)
Jean-François Pantel Jean-François Pantel ... Lui-même - un jeune fermier établi dans un hameau
Marcel Privat Marcel Privat ... Lui-même - 88 ans, un vieux berger
Raymond Privat Raymond Privat ... Self
Camille Quennehen Camille Quennehen ... Elle-même - la fille adolescente de Cécile


This the last part of Depardon's triptych "Profils paysans" about what it is like to be a farmer today in an isolated highland area. "La vie moderne" examines what has become of the persons he has followed for ten years while featuring younger people who try to farm or raise cattle or poultry, come hell or high water. Written by Guy Bellinger

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it doesn't deliver.
5 May 2009 | by iiigoiiiSee all my reviews

while this installment of the series does indeed provide some very beautiful shots of rural France and the people who are farming it, it fails on several levels.

it fails to tell the story of the farmers it's following. unless you believe that sitting around a table in an uncomfortable silence responding to excruciatingly slowly delivered, simplistic questions is a true slice of their lives.

it fails to tell a story at all, barely scratching at the surface of the problems faced by these farmers using traditional methods.

it seems more a vehicle for the filmmaker to proudly tell us repeatedly how well he knows these folks (which is not borne out by the reactions of the farmers to him or his questions), while feeding us sorrowful questions about death in preparation for the mournful, cello-stoked, backwards-view-of-life ending.

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29 October 2008 (France) See more »

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Modern Life See more »

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Ardeche,France See more »


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