Happy People

We’ve had lots of ice, at least one Russian bear, and a Werner Herzog reference in the last couple of days; here’s something that brings them all together: Happy People, a film directed by Dimitry Vasyukov and narrated by Werner Herzog, it follows the subsistence ways of people in the Siberian taiga. They contend with a profoundly wild cold that reaches beyond bitterness, beyond good and evil. It’s all very Herzogian: the big dance of gobbets of meat trying hard not to get bloodied or frozen—and much of it failing to avoid both.

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