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  1. Louisa Savignon's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

  2. luz de topos's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    ya habían explicado varias veces que eran cazadores, no era necesario ser tan explicito

  3. andretz's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

  4. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Two Herzog themes can be found in this documentary : firstly men who like Aguirre or Fitzcarraldo have to enter the nature in order to fulfill their dreams or be happy then the theme of the circle, this time it's the circle of the seasons, that allows these people to be getting close to a kind of eternity. Recommended.

  5. Mugino's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Herzog's interference with documentarism is his trademark, but it makes no sense here. In the microcosm of the taiga, its people's way of life has an internal logic and order that defies judgement or change. Yet the industry supplied by the trappers are inevitably part of a global problem. While this external influence is not explored, Herzog exerts his own, which seems unfair. Can't have it both ways.

  6. Lucy Stevens's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    watched it after seeing the original by Vasykov, which was lovely

  7. rachel collier's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    If Liam Neeson was a frozen sable hunter. Fantastic and lovely.

  8. Zigge's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Thinking about this documentary ever since.

  9. Antonio León Medina's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Interesante documental de Werner Herzog que muestra la vida en la Taiga, en condiciones de extremo frío. Y sobretodo, nos deja un gran mensaje, que aún en esas condiciones, la gente es feliz con lo que tiene :)

  10. anarresti's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    A tribute to the lives of siberian hunters. Herzog tells their stories, with Henry Thoreau echoes. These are men that, apart from the precious company of their dogs, live alone, when winter comes, taking care of their traps, fishing for survival. They are free, as Herzog's voice proclames in the narration. Their freedom arises in hardship and solitude, and a deep understanding of the harsh nature that nurtures them.

  11. Lexi Bass's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Not his best. Mostly because of the sub-par score by Klaus Badelt. Otherwise it's largely classic Herzog.

  12. Célio g.'s rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

  13. My Paredros's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    This film is amazing. But, I cannot tell if Herzog's dangerous little romanticisms in his narration live up to the supreme honesty he is recording or drag it into cheesy ethnodoc.

  14. J. O.'s rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    An extremely simple yet astonishingly beautiful portrait of traditional existence in the heart of Siberia. As an avid hunter and advocate of traditional lifestyles, this was a breath of fresh air. It feels genuine, sincere, and sometimes the filmmakers (through their lens) seem in awe of their crafty subjects while they fashion their hunting skis from toppled trees. Wonderful and engaging cinema - a pure documentary.

  15. Mathieu Verbeeck's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Herzog goes Attenborough | Hardcore Russian Trappers putting MacGuyver to shame | ✮✮✮

  16. Ben Wheeler's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    "Film director Werner Herzog's voice is so distinct and soothing that those of us who swear by it as a tonic for the soul sometimes assume the man is a household name." -Roger Ebert. Happy People is overwhelmingly other-worldly and beautiful. I was happy to spend a year in the Taiga with a cast of ancient souls living off the land, letting me into their world.

  17. Olivia Reneé Saldívar's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Who are you? what are you! Throw away your cell phone and remember what it's like to build things with your hands, some twine and an adz. 10 stars and 9 of them to the dog who ran 130 kilometers all the way home. Love.

  18. A47's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Herzogified. "I'm my own man and hunting is a great time."

  19. Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Werner Herzog narrates this film, which he co-directed by Dmitry Vasyukov, about the villagers who live in the Taiga region of Siberia. Closely observing their simple, self sufficient lifestyle of trapping and living off the land, unfettered by modern technology or worries, the film examines their happiness with so little in contrast to the world we know, finding profundity in simplicity.

  20. Endless Eye's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    The trappers of the Tiaga know how to survive.

  21. Yuri La's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    A stunning educational doc about a place an its people that not even Google Maps could find!

  22. Matt Richards's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    The Heartbreakingly beautiful remote north of Siberia and the hunters who spend all year under snow and ice in a world only accessible by helicopter and boat during the summer melt. Originally a 4 hour epic this theatrical re-edit focuses on their grueling lifestyle but is undermined by a distracting score and annoying voice-over that would have worked better as subtitles for everyone other than Herzog. 2.5 stars

  23. Rich's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    How do you buy this film?

  24. filmcapsule's rating of the film Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Here men work in much the same way as did primitive man, and this long strand of tradition behind the trappers’ crafts represents a profound connection to the past. In that sense, Happy People makes an interesting companion piece to Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, exploring the yawning abyss of time separating us from prehistoric man. https://filmcapsule.com/2011/11/05/happy-people-a-year-in-the-taiga-2010/

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