French director George Rouqier's companion piece to his 1938 film Farrebique was, to put it mildly, long overdue--some 35 years, to be exact. In Biquefarre, the set-in-its-ways rural family whose farm was wired for electricity in the first film are still on the family spread in 1983. This time, the plot concerns the plans of a farmer to sell his his land to another. Though documentary in technique, the film is well planned and scripted, with its amateur cast convincingly mouthing the lines given them by Rouqier. Biquefarre will probably hold its greatest appeal to fans of "naturalist" filmmaker Robert Flaherty, whom George Rouqier clearly admires and emulates.
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