Happy People: A Year in the Taiga Synopsis
Indigenous people on the Siberian Taiga live in a village on the river Yenisei.
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Chicago Sun-Times

Like "Grizzly Man," Herzog's latest documentary, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga is mostly built around another filmmaker's priceless...
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NPR

By Scott Tobias
At bottom, though, Happy People celebrates the hard-won freedoms that living in the Taiga offers those who are willing to confront its...
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Arizona Republic

Herzog’s longing for the ideological purity in which these lives are lived, free of paperwork and bureaucracy, taxes and technology, drives...
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75

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
The film is both elegiac and amazingly retro, like the nature specials that baby boomers were weaned on - although it's not for animal...
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75

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
“Happy” isn’t meant ironically. Herzog, who narrates, clearly loves, and envies, the trappers’ elemental existence and connection to...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
While the original version's four hours might have made for wearisome viewing for Western audiences, Herzog's 94-minute cut feels just...
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
It’s not that Happy People is uninteresting – its presentation of previously unknown, distant lives is full of lots of interesting tidbits....
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60

Time Out New York

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This Siberian jaunt, free from cultural weirdness and ethical barbed wire, is even more of a vacation for Werner Herzog than it first...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
There is indeed much beauty on display, from the icy Taiga landscape to the age-old trapping techniques passed on through generations. But...
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Slant Magazine

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It would be inaccurate to call Happy People: A Year in the Taiga the newest Werner Herzog film.
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Breathtaking Look at Man and His Dog Surviving in Siberia

By pedsarq
Deep in the heart of Siberia, reachable only by helicopter and boat for 3 mos. of the year, live 300+ villagers who survive by hunting sable and squirrels with their dogs and making the most of what...

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What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 12+ Fascinating Herzog documentary about Siberian trappers.
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