The focus of this four-hour, sympathetic look at Gossliwil, a small Swiss farming village, documents the daily lives of three separate families over a three-year period. A sense of open adaptation to a hard life of work on the land slowly emerges as the families grapple with the events that make up each day. At the same time, these patriarchal families see the encroaching influence of city life as a threat to their existence, and all have a keen awareness of "outsiders." Given that most viewers will be "outsiders," the appreciation of the value of the farmers' natural lifestyle is likely to be tempered with a consideration of their biases.
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