Deep in the heart of France, a community of farmers spend their days herding sheep, milking cows and pondering contemporary life. Director Raymond Depardon has been filming the farmers for over 10 years gradually gaining their trust and letting his camera roll to capture observations and outbursts. With wonderful intimacy Depardon creates a film that illuminates the farming experience introducing us to characters such as the Privat brothers who worry that-while their nephew Alain has a nice personality, he 'lacks the soul of a farmer'. Magnum photographer Raymond Depardon is renowned for his documentation of the French countryside. Born into a farming family Depardon first started filming the rural community with his films L'Approche (The Approach) and Le Quotidien (Everyday Life). The two early films were the driving force for Modern Life. With this, the final film in his trilogy, he brings a warmth and depth that will delight all viewers and leave them feeling privileged for a glimpse into these farmers' lives.
Paul Argaud, Germaine Challaye, Marcel Challaye, Jacques Chirac, Nathalie Deleuze, Raymond Depardon, Abel Jeanroy, Daniel Jeanroy, Gilberte Jeanroy, Jean-François Pantel, Marcel Privat, Raymond Privat, Camille Quennehen