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CANNES 2008 Un Certain Regard / France

Depardon’s Modern Life continues tradition


In Raymond Depardon’s Modern Life [+see also:
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, the filmmaker continues his look at the disappearing way of life on several farms in the hilly south that he also portrayed in Profils paysans: l’approche (2001) and Profils paysans: le quotidian (2004). It is one of the three documentaries that is part of the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.

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Like in the two previous films, progress and industrialisation pose the biggest threats, with some farmers now reduced to a quantity of livestock that can be counted on one hand.

Depardon, who grew up on a farm himself, is clearly in love with farm life but is not afraid to show its hardships too. Humour and naked truths are again key ingredients.

The film was produced by Palmeraie et Desert in co-production with France 2 Cinéma and with the support of Canal+, the National Film Centre (CNC) and the Ile-de-France region. It will be distributed in France by Ad Vitam, while Films Distribution handles sales.

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