Modern Life review

Slow but beautiful documentary about the french farming community

The prospect of a melancholic French documentary on struggling farmers in the remote Cevennes region may not exactly quicken the pulse, but the beautifully shot Modern Life is a richly compassionate tribute to its hardy subjects and their slowly vanishing way of life.

The director – Pulitzer-winning photographer Raymond Depardon – revisits over several seasons the individuals that he met in his earlier Profils Paysans films.

The likes of the octogenarian Privat brothers Marcel and Raymond and their nephew Alain aren’t the most talkative types, but Depardon again proves to be a respectful and empathetic interviewer.

Tom Dawson

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