This film tells the story of a shepherd who repairs the ruined ecosystem of a secluded valley by single-handedly cultivating a forest over a thirty year period.Written by
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Jean Giono, the author of the short story upon which the movie is based, wrote the story after American editors in 1953 asked him to write a few pages about an unforgettable character. They intended him to write about a real unforgettable character, but he created the fictional Elezeard Bouffier. When the editors objected that no Bouffier had died in Banon, he donated the story to all humanity. It was soon after published by Vogue in 1954. Many people have assumed that Bouffier is a real person. See more »
Flashback scenes of an abandoned Roman Village's self-destruction cut from most versions. See more »
Animation is not a favorite genre of mine but this film took my breath away. I believe I first saw it at a film festival. The animation is done with the light, breathy movements of an impressionist painter. The narration of Christopher Plummer in the English version is so fitting in tone and style to the story, I became totally engrossed in every word. The story itself is beautiful; a soft, warm story, with just a touch of something timeless and magical to bring a tear to one's eye. It touches the soul. I pray that this film will once again become available for purchase; I was fortunate to purchase one copy of the English version in VHS but it has since become unavailable.
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