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Films & Schedules - Modern Life

Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 4 PM (WH)

Sun, Feb 8, 2009
at 5:30 PM (B3)

Modern Life

DIRECTOR: Raymond Depardon - France

Depardon's beautiful film is a moving portrait of the changing face of life in rural France.  In the Haut-Garonne, the octogenarian Privat brothers struggle with age and declining health; an elderly couple see their dairy herd dwindle to just one cow; a middle-aged man resents his responsibility for the family farm; and an enthusiastic young woman finds herself faced with insurmountable obstacles as she attempts to acquire her own place.  Depardon approaches all of them--people not necessarily at ease with talking about themselves or their situations--with great empathy and affection, and the quiet beauty of the landscape has a voice of its own.  Ordinary life perhaps, but described with deep feeling in a universal language.

Selected Filmography: Reporters (81), News Items (83), Empty Quarter (85), Captive of the Desert (90), Lumière and Company (95), The 10th Judicial Court (04).

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