Farrebique | Chicago Reader


George Roquier's rarely seen 1947 classic vividly presents life on a French farm and in the surrounding community, its black-and-white compositions so sensuous and particular that they almost smell of soil. Influenced by Flaherty, who staged many of his scenes, the film is less a strict documentary than a paean to the rhythms of rural life, reminding us of the simple pleasures of walking, cooking, milking, and eating. It's relatively synthetic in construction, including one lyrical time-lapse sequence that shows the change of seasons, and though most of its images are brief, one of the longest takes is devoted, appropriately enough, to a static view of cows' hindquarters. 100 min.

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