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Modern Life

La vie moderne
International title Modern Life
Country Francia
Year 2008
Running time 88
Director Raymond Depardon
Film Editing Simon Jaquet
Photography Raymond Depardon
Music Gabriel Fauré

Palmeraie et Désert

Distribution Company

Films Distribution


Marcel and Raymond are past eighty but they still work hard looking after their sheep and their other animals. But age takes their toll and, daily, they see their flocks dwindle, the pastures fill with weeds, and their bones and joints make their lives miserable. Besides, their nephew’s wife keeps on harping about their poor hygiene. Germaine and Marcel only have tow cows left, and Daniel is the only one of six siblings who stayed in the village looking after the cattle. They all are part of this comatose way of life that refuses to go away. They are the vestiges of our past

Director bio

Raymond Depardon was born in Villefranche-sur-Saône (France) in 1942. He founded the photo agency Gamma, transformed photojournalism, and is regarded as one of the most important directors of documentary film. His career developed in a constant dialogue between the static image and the moving image. His film Reporters received a Cesar award to the Best Documentary Short Film in 1982, and again in 1986 with New York N. Y. Délits Flagrants (1995) received a Cesar to the Best Documentary Feature, and also received awards at Vancouver and Amsterdam. The forty titles to his credit are evidence of an exceptional career