Profils Paysans: L’approche
France, 2000, 90 min
Depardon chooses to set up the camera on a tripod and to shoot the scenes in long takes, without cuts, allowing the characters to step in and out of the frame.
The immobility of the camera and the voiceover of the filmmaker explaining where we are, who we are going to meet, how he got to know these people, etc., (sometimes the voiceover seems a little superfluous) gives a certain voyeuristic slant to the film. It somehow leaves the impression that we, the spectators, are looking through a keyhole and watching these people live. But without the uncomfortable feeling of spying on them, because they are aware of being filmed.