Profils Paysans: la Vie Moderne (Modern Life)
Profils Paysans: la Vie Moderne (Modern Life) (2008)

After offering an up-close look at life in a farming community in the French hillsides in Profils paysans: L'approche and Le Quotidien, filmmaker Raymond Depardon returns to the village of Le Villaret in this documentary. Marcel Privat… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 4, 2014
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David Jenkins
Time Out

Depardon's palpable sense of respect for his subjects lends the film a geniality that would otherwise have been hard to fabricate.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's an austere, rewarding film.

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Jon Fortgang
Film4

A low-key but genuinely insightful journey through a vanishing way of life.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

This could be the most sublime film you'll ever see about French cattle farming.

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Jason Wood
Little White Lies

Though visually seductive, especially for anyone longing to escape the urban jungle, Modern Life is also to be admired for refusing to slide into postcard lyricism.

Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

The pastoral beauty of the scenery and the lyrical journey of Depardon's camera are underscored by a sense of acute melancholy and hopelessness in this affecting film.

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Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

The interviews aren't that insightful, but they have a simple poignancy.

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Visually evocative and deeply moving on the theme of the deterioration of an ancient way of rural life.

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

There is a richness of fellow-feeling and lack of condescension in Raymond Depardon's study of rural farmers in the remote French countryside.

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