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679 Ratings

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

Germany, 2010
  • Russian
  • English


Deep in the wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia in the Siberian Taiga. The locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions.

Our take

A rugged journey to the Siberian taiga, this absorbing documentary is a remarkable entry into Werner Herzog’s global explorations. Assembled by master editor Joe Bini and combined with Herzog’s marveling narration, Dmitry Vasyukov’s astonishing footage takes on a second life as ecstatic cinema.

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga Directed by Werner Herzog, Dmitry Vasyukov

Critics reviews

The film is both elegiac and amazingly retro.
January 25, 2013
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Those who understand harsh climes and embrace them win Herzog’s fascination and respect.
January 24, 2013
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The frequently priceless film is a stream-of-consciousness from a self-selected corner of America that’s weirder and more complicated than it knows.
January 23, 2013
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