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Happy People2010

A Year in the Taiga

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With HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA, Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes. The acclaimed filmmaker presents this visually stunning documentary about the people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. Deep in the wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia at the river Yenisei. There are only two ways to reach this outpost: by helicopter or boat. There‘s no telephone, running water or medical aid, The locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. With insightful commentary written and narrated by Herzog, HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA follows one of the Siberian trappers through all four seasons of the year to tell the story of a culture virtually untouched by modernity.

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I love the rapport between the trappers and the camera. Herzog loves highly accomplished, uncommonly skilled people, and he has a great gift for illuminating their humanity, alongside their genius.

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When I first saw the trailer for this I was worried it was going to be a schmaltzy applauding of people who live off the land. I'm glad that Herzog brought along his cranky wit to cut through what could have been a big naive pat on the back.

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I love the rapport between the trappers and the camera. Herzog loves highly accomplished, uncommonly skilled people, and he has a great gift for illuminating their humanity, alongside their genius.

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happy people is a very good film about a trapper living in the cold snowy area of russia making a living with his dogs and trapping the wild animals very well told story

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Just an excellent documentary. I love the way it was done and the people that were interviewed.

nice to see unknown and very different life about people who work hard and enjoy themselves. great documentary

probably one of my all time favorite docs, or any genre really. Herzog totally nails it and these people are incredible to watch. Slightly misogynistic but so entertaining and amazingly beautiful.

This is one of Herzog's best documentaries. The film-work is impeccable and his point of view is always significant and original. I found it heart-warming and filled with humanity.

Like 'Cousin Jules,' focuses on day-to-day living/survival by mostly manual labor and primitive technology, in a beautiful though unforgiving landscape. The film portrays this life in revelatory and engrossing detail.

Excellent documentary!

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Very informative slice of life!

amazing. Enlightening

Fascinating, as Spock would say.

great documentary/uplifting I love it!