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This selection offers drama but often with a touch of comedy, and although there are some serious themes, and occasional violence or tragedy, there isn't anything too 'heavy'.

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  • L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

    L'Etudiente et Monsieur Henri

  • Ce Qui Nous Lie

    Ce Qui Nous Lie

  • En Equilibre

    En Equilibre

  • Médecin de Campagne

    Médecin de Campagne

  • Dans La Cour

    Dans La Cour

  • Les Adoptés

    Les Adoptés

  • Cézanne et Moi

    Cézanne et moi

  • Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

    Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti

  • Miss Montigny

    Miss Montigny

  • Les hommes du feu

    Les hommes du feu

  • Un Homme Idéal

    Un Homme Idéal

  • Hippocrate

    Hippocrate

  • Le Concert

    Le Concert

  • Belle et Sébastien

    Belle et Sébastien

  • Prendre le large

    Prendre le large

  • Après l'hiver, le printemps

    Après l'hiver, le printemps

  • Le monde est à toi

    Le monde est à toi

  • La Villa

    La Villa

  • Primaire

    Primaire

  • Les petits mouchoirs

    Les petits mouchoirs

  • La vie en miettes

    La vie en miettes

  • La guerre des boutons

    La guerre des boutons

  • La peau de chagrin

    La peau de chagrin

  • Deux moi

    Deux moi

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After winter, spring
Après l'hiver, le printemps
Filmed in the Périgord region of southwest France, this documentary follows the lives of a group of family farmers who might well be the last generation to farm traditionally in a region that has been cultivated for over 5,000 years. The opening sequence shows one of the farmers picking up an ancient flint tool from his field, witness to the farming history of the region.

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.
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