Najac Calling Over to You, Earth (2006)

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Filmmaker Jean-Henri Meunier pays homage to the people of his rural hometown in this witty documentary. Meunier left Paris to move to the small country village of Najac in 1995, and took to interviewing the townspeople with his video camera, allowing the many unusual characters to speak for themselves. As Najac faces an uncertain future after French authorities decide to open a nuclear waste disposal site in the town, Meunier offers his recorded memories of his neighbors, including a winemaker who still stomps grapes with his feet, a midwife for cows, a train conductor who demonstrates the franc will stand the weight of a locomotive with greater resilience than the Euro, and a cook who can make a remarkably large omelet upon demand. While drawing gentle humor from his subjects, Meunier's film makes clear he admires the resourcefulness of the people of Najac while expressing anxieties for their future in a changing world. Ici Najac a vous la Terre (aka Najac Calling Over To You, Earth) received its world premiere at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Art House & International , Comedy , Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Najac purports to be a call to arms against globalization. In fact it is a celebration rather than a manifesto, a wry shrug at the contradictions involved in living off the land in the digital age, and all the more enjoyable for that.

May 26, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
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The cinematic equivalent of sipping homemade lemonade on a balmy afternoon.

Full Review… | May 20, 2006
Variety
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July 28, 2006
Mediafilm

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