Before the vastness of the Siberian Taiga, at the shores of the frozen Lake Baikal, a Parisian executive fleeing from the city, will find everything he has ever dreamed of: to profoundly experience the silence, the solitude and the space.
Fed up with the hectic, senseless world he lives in, Teddy decides to settle down alone in Siberia, in the midst of winter, in a hut by the shore of Lake Baikal. After an initial period of elation in front of the splendor and magic of unspoiled nature, Teddy soon finds himself confronted with the less glossy side of things : solitude, extreme cold, the necessity to find food, danger... One night Teddy gets lost in a blizzard and would be doomed to a certain death, were it not for Aleksei, a Russian convict living hidden away in the forest nearby, who rescues him in extremis. Friendship soon blossoms between the two men...Written by
For someone living in the forest for more than a decade Evgeniy Sidikhin's character has clean nails, and that is impossible.
The ice-hole scene: Teddy's hair, especially facial, should have immediately become covered with frost and icicles. See more »
In the city, the minutes, the hours, the years escape us. Here, time stands still. I am free, because my days are. Harming nothing, not having to follow orders, being happy with simple pleasures, adapting to nature. I left the vault of the city for a year in the church of the Taiga. A year, like a lifetime.
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Based on Sylvain Tesson's autobiographical book, Dans les forêts de Siberie (In the Siberian woods) tells the story of a man who decided to leave civilization behind and to live as an ermit in a little cabin by the Lake Baïkal. Even though the film is not truly faithful to the book, both the breath-taking landscapes and Ibrahim Maalouf's magnificent jazz offer us an exquisite experience. Moreover, the bright photography as well as the poetical shots point out the bright side of solitude, lived as a real rebirth. We witness the struggle of an isolated man against nature's mood swings and we understand that the real beauty of nature is that it cannot be tamed. Furthermore, the meeting with a Russian man gives the film a new dimension: the friendship between the two opposite men is a gift for our senses. Finally, Raphaël Personnaz' stunning performance enhance the experience (maybe because he had already read and loved Tesson's book ?) and that proves, in his own words, that « the possibility of running away exists.
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