Reviews: Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2013)

Happy_PeopleReviews for this film from our members:

  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: One of the film’s most memorable interview sequences concerns a trapper explaining that in order to have a good dog, you must respect it and not punish it harshly or take too strong a hand. This is the happy relationship these folk have with their surroundings, not for any ethereal spiritual reasons but because it’s what it takes to sustain them.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …we can feel Herzog connect to these men through his narration, especially when describing pure freedom as they go off into the wilderness.
  • Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: Herzog’s voice alone has a kind of meditative quality, and in Happy People it puts things in perspective, offering a welcome respite from a world of hustle and bustle that has become all too superficial.
  • [New – 6/13] | Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: The intent of Happy People is two-fold: first to record a way of life that has not otherwise been preserved on film (and show skills and traditions that are being lost to time), and second to challenge our notion of what it means to be happy. The title Happy People is not ironic.
  • Ron Wilkinson @
    • Excerpt: A cautionary tale of humans adjusting to their environment, instead of attempting to make the environment adjust to them.

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