Photographer and filmmaker Raymond Depardon is renowned for his documentation of the French countryside. In Modern Life he casts an affectionate and irreverent eye on a small community of farmers as they are confronted by the problems and challenges the contemporary world brings.
The Cevennes region in southern France is a land of hilly passes, lonely farms and lonelier farmers. There we are introduced to a variety of people whose lives are woven into the fabric of farming life - sustaining a way of life that celebrates the traditions of old. Through portraits of these unforgettable souls, the film becomes a witness to farmers' lives, values, and stories: all that binds them to the land, and its legacy.