An ode to rural France and the simple joys of life, Dominique Benicheti’s glorious masterpiece captures the daily routine and rituals of Jules, a blacksmith, living with his wife, Felice, on a small farm in the French countryside.
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A penetrating portrait of a life lived simply. The elegance and sophistication of Benicheti’s style makes a fascinating counterpoint to the rustic existence of Cousin Jules, showing how powerful cinema is when it bestows upon real people the same magical gaze it gives to Marlene Dietrich. The film emphasizes the process and rhythms of Jules’ day, and poignantly shows how these small moments add up to a whole life.