By Julien Munoz
8 Feb 24 at 8:59 p.m.
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It’s a small town on the side roads who watches life change, at the heart of the profound changes taking over the countryside.
In Marchésieux (Manche), a town of just over 700 souls on the borders of the Coutançais and the Pays Saint-Lois, one farm in two has taken the turn towards organic, people come from the city to settle down over time, the Cotentin regional natural park makes it rhyme virtues and constraintsand the commune surrounded by marshes is mobilizing not to return to the “desert” (medical, social, cultural, etc.).
A form of model that takes responsibility, but does not claim anything and above all does not shout from the rooftops. A credo of participatory democracy to be preserved, too, while the balance remains fragile.
Between past, present and future
For almost two years, the director Rémi Mauger, originally from Cotentin, took his camera around at the crossroads of all these questions and debates. A chronicle that combines past, present And future, by following the inhabitants as closely as possible and in all weathers.
“It is the portrait of a village, a group portrait, the story of a collective adventure in a land of resistance to the model of intensive agriculture, that which depopulated the countryside”, testifies the director, notably well known for his Paul in his life.
It is the portrait of a village, a group portrait, the story of a collective adventure in a land of resistance.
The figure of Léon Ourry, agricultural unionist and politician, mayor of Marchésieux from 1971 to 1995, goes through the documentary, shortly after his death.
In the good years, it was for him that we came, for his initiatives, his new ideas, continues Rémi Mauger. He supported small farmers, condemned productivism and defended his swamp territory. Local development was not the antiphon of the 1970s, it has become part of the times recently. He was the linchpin of a set of very innovative actions in terms of the environment, energy independence, resource management, interest in the landscape and its uses.
The time of two episodes of 52 minutes, Rémi Mauger’s camera looks at what remains of yesterday, and how this small world responds to today’s challenges by preparing for those of tomorrow.
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