The film was produced and directed by Judith Lit. As a child she herself witnessed the demise of the her parents' small farm in Pennsylvania, although at the time she was unaware that this was an international phenomenon. She was, therefore, ideally placed to observe and understand this close-knit community.
In one village we learn that none of the children propose to follow their parents into farming and it would seem that only incomers are likely to continue any form of subsistance farming in the future. We see one such couple in the film, inspired by the dream of a better life. And indeed, nostalgic as it might be, there is something very humbling in watching this community. Their life is the soil and what it can yield, often growing a variety of small scale crops, and undertaking other artisanal crafts, the small income that each provides adding up to a very basic existence.
It's a hard but idyllic life that one imagines could disappear in time, this film giving us the opportunity to appreciate a bucolic lifestyle that might one day be only visible in history books. But there is hope. We are told that there has been a resurgence of small farms in America. No doubt the growing recognition of the often destructive nature of modern industrial farming is starting to drive a re-evaluation of the way we treat our planet. And the health benefits of organic produce is becoming a significant consideration for many people.
The spoken French in the film is for the most part not too difficult to understand. I was expecting perhaps a strong regional dialect but that isn't the case. That's not to say that there are not parts that are a bit challenging.
A trailer for the film is available on Vimeo. There is also more information on the web site dedicated to this film.