Excerpt: One of the film’s most memorable interview sequences concerns a trapper explaining that in order to have a good dog, you must respect it and not punish it harshly or take too strong a hand. This is the happy relationship these folk have with their surroundings, not for any ethereal spiritual reasons but because it’s what it takes to sustain them.
Excerpt: Herzog’s voice alone has a kind of meditative quality, and in Happy People it puts things in perspective, offering a welcome respite from a world of hustle and bustle that has become all too superficial.
Excerpt: The intent of Happy People is two-fold: first to record a way of life that has not otherwise been preserved on film (and show skills and traditions that are being lost to time), and second to challenge our notion of what it means to be happy. The title Happy People is not ironic.
Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com
Excerpt: A cautionary tale of humans adjusting to their environment, instead of attempting to make the environment adjust to them.