Irish Film Institute -La Vie moderne

La Vie moderne

Director: Raymond Depardon

France • 2008 • 88 minutes

In 1999, Magnum photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon returned to his native Haute-Garonne region to make Profils paysans, a series of portraits of the people and places that had shaped his own life. La Vie moderne is the third and final instalment in this series. The film follows an octogenarian set of brothers as they reluctantly give over the family farm to their nephew and his new wife, a city woman. As he takes a series of living portraits, Depardon becomes a witness to these farmers’ lives, values and family stories. What binds them all together is the land and its legacy. Depardon asks the question: what will become of this way of life as the people begin to disappear?

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