Jean, a charming old-time French farmer, feels the pressure to sell up. He can’t work the farm as well as he used to, he’s just been conned by an African wife looking for French citizenship and the European subsidy application forms are grinding him down. Yet, he remains as stubborn as possible regarding the sale of his remaining cattle or offering his farm to a new generation of organic farmers. You can’t blame him though. His appearance is wistful and the film beautifully captures a pace of life, a romantic landscape and a dying culture with great sensitivity and empathy.
Raphaël Mathié has worked in film and the visual arts since 2002. Studied journalism in Strasbourg (1991- 1993) and completed film training at the Varan Workshop in 1998. Mathié has worked as a journalist for Le Figaro, Libération, Republicain and Midi Libre.
2007, 80', color, video
Benoit Alavoine, Veronique Bruque
Erbarme dich mein Gott, Johann Sebastian Bach
Sébastien Hussenot, Raphael Girardot
La luna productions
Festivals & Awards:
2008 Seattle IFF - Documentary Competition Special Jury Prize; 2007 Traces de vie IFF - Prix Regard Social & Prix de l’ACSE