Carle believes the mass-produced sandwich, two billion of which are eaten every year in France, is a “symbol of a loss of savoir faire and rampant consumerism”.
His generation’s reaction to this was a quest to regain the ability to make things for themselves, he said.
In the documentary, Carle speaks to a philosopher, a survivalist, and back-to-nature enthusiasts attempting to reproduce the daily life of prehistoric mankind, including rubbing sticks to make fire.
“Work life is less and less satisfying to the point of making us unhappy. It’s almost vital to find something else to do,” Carle said, adding that the increasing distance between the consumer and the point of production had left many frustrated.
Sounds a lot like it leaves him ‘frustrated’, and like a lot of wackademics these days, that just must be true of everyone else, right?
“The modern world leaves us feeling useless with our hands; we feel a need to do something with them, to get them dirty. It seemed ridiculous to me that I was proud of having planted tomatoes. It’s so much easier to go out and buy whatever we want that the real challenge becomes in actually making it ourselves. I think, in some senses, we are voluntarily going backwards.”
You might be. The rest of us are heading forwards, thanks very much.
Was the sandwich any good?
“It was excellent, great,” Carle said.
“If I’m being honest, the bread was a bit dry but even if it had been disgusting, I’d have found it absolutely delicious.”
So, we can clearly trust your judgement. Not!