Modern Life

Synopsis: This the last part of Depardon's triptych "Profils paysans" about what it is like to be a farmer today in an isolated highland area. "La vie moderne" examines what has become of the persons he has followed for ten years while featuring younger people who try to farm or raise cattle or poultry, come hell or high water.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Raymond Depardon
Production: FunFilm
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min


Sit properly, please.

Why do you lock your door?

So I won't be disturbed.

In this house, each respects the

others' liberty and tranquility.

I ask you again

not to lock your door.

I told you why,

I'd like you take note.

Then where can I lock myself?

In the toilet?

- You must lock your door?

- Yes.

What nonsense!

You're not mentally ill!

Come down off your high horse.

Nothing left!

Thanks, Pierre-Francois.

You took a nice helping.

Sorry. Want some?

Perhaps I didn't make enough.

But you're both no longer growing!

Did you read that article

I recommended?


- So, what'd you think?

- Very interesting.

Can you tell me why?

They talk about the crisis,

yet between 1975 and 1995,

as French gross domestic product

increased by 70%

unemployment grew fivefold

and social outcasts tenfold.

Unemployment will never totally

vanish, it's become structural.

Thus new avenues must be explored.

For example?

One solution advocated

is job sharing

with a reduction of working hours.

Your opinion?

We need the unemployed to curb wages

and maintain the liberal order.

- Some day you may be one.

- I doubt it.

I don't have the profile.

You seem sure of yourself.

Marguerite, what do you think?

You read the article?


The one I asked you to read.

I read it.

- What did you think?

- Nothing.

I've no opinion

on the misery of the world.

Even if I were to think about it,

I'd feel powerless.

Gorged myself again. What misery,

to take consolation in potatoes!

Help me be less gluttonous.

Tyrannosaurus tries to keep face

with his veloute and silver ladle,

but it's penury!

If such is your will, oh Lord,

I accept it.

I accept my poor brother.

But if you wish

you may call him unto you,

or make him more amiable.

I accept my tyrant father.

I bow my head, I submit,

I turn the other cheek,

but it's hard.

I smile with indulgence,

understanding, goodness...

No, Lord. It's not true.

I find it hard, help me!

I'll be eternally in your debt.

Lord, have pity on me,

lead me not into temptation,

but deliver me from evil.

Keep wicked men away

from my plump body.


Hello, Miss.


Marguerite, you're up!

I can't Miss, I've a sprain.

Listen, if you don't want to,

have yourself excused from gym.

Such lethargy! At your age.

I was really impressed

by what you did.

By What?

Your routine on the beam.


- I guess you train?

- Yeah.

You could be in the next Olympics.

You kidding? I'm not up to it.

Really? I think you're excellent.

I love gym, but I don't

want to do high level stuff.

I'd rather focus on my studies.

Know what you want.

Like to come round for tea

tomorrow afternoon?

Tomorrow? I dunno...

Can you tell me right now?

- It's that important?

- Yeah, or I'd not invite you.

Around four?

I'll be expecting you.

Here, my address.

- I'll get the salt.

- But you haven't tasted!

- I think it needs salt.

- Sit down, I'll get it.

Where are you going? Sit down!

Tastes weird. What'd you put in it?

Tumeric and a drop of walnut oil.

Like it?


Been using

the Dictaphone I gave you?


Only problem is,

since, I've gone totally blank.

You found how best

to rid me of inspiration.

Come on!

It's only meant to fix

your train of thought.

It's like a notebook.

You always complain you forget.

Inspiration will return.

Georges, please.

Don't say things like that.

I liked the last song idea

you showed me.

You liked that?

Which idea?


I feel you're trying

to go deeper...

to really say what...

Forget your ambitions for me,


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