Review: “Happy People: A Year in the Taiga.”

Even compared to the average city-dweller, I’m ill-equipped to handle life outdoors. My hands aren’t calloused, I have trouble creating campfires, and I’m not entirely sure I can change a tire. In other words, my life couldn’t be more dissimilar to the trappers of Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, who live in a remote part of Russia that’s only accessible by helicopter or boat. Co-directed by Dmitry Vasyukov, this documentary is the natural progression of Grizzly Man. Once again Herzog regards his subjects with quiet fascination, only this time he admires their lifestyle, too.

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