Desesperation, war and suffering. Viewed from the eyes of a shepherd.

Desesperation, war and suffering. Viewed from the eyes of a shepherd.

Elzéard Bouffier is a shepherd that, for over four decades, was able to make a forest appear out of nothing. Some obscure facts from his past, associated with his late wife, has some repercusions in his way of thinking, and as he did, we do as we see this wonderful animated short.

Raising a forest... in a desert.

Raising a forest... in a desert.

L’ Homme qui plantait des arbres, directed by Frédéric Back, tells us the story of a wanderer who finds this amazing shepherd near a wasteland. When the narrator follows this man, we see how he plants acorns, gaining his grace. The animation tends to be like a series of fusions, the lines used never dissapear, as they transform into something else, the next scene: soldiers, sheeps, mountains, etc.

The magic begins as the wind blows...

The magic begins as the wind blows...

But, it does have a clear goal and it is a sensibility one, it tries to make you aware of the nature problem, the tree trouble. It does accomplish it, and so does the original story by Jean Giono, but it maybe doesn’t fit that well to this short film.

Here is the complete short, in English V.O. Also, here is the short story in which it was based, it was “a gift to the world” from the author Jean Giono.

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