The story of a solitary man who refuses to leave a Greek island (at one time a leper colony) is told by a strange variety of characters who don't have much to say except to repeat their tellings over and over again. But the person who has the final word on the matter, the lonely character himself, may not explain anything about his personal reasons for not abandoning the place.
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This is a short fiction film, that only appears like a (absurd) documentary. The whole story of the film was invented by director Werner Herzog
: "The film you mentioned, Letzte Worte
(1968), is a film that was done - much of it - during nighttime, while during day I was shooting Lebenszeichen
(1968). And it was about a man who was a musician and I invented a story that he forcefully had to be removed as the last remaining occupant of a small island which was occupied by lepers. And what is so strange about the film: Everybody who tells his story tells it immediately again and then immediately again. So it's a very, an extremely bold way to narrate a story. And I of course completely and utterly invented [it] and loved the kind of music, how they played it..." [Onassis Cultural Center New York, 16 June 2015, transcript and video online] See more