Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $338,987Details
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Synopsis

With HAPPY PEOPLE, Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another unforgettablejourney into remote and extreme natural landscapes. The acclaimed filmmakerpresents this visually stunning documentary about the life of indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga. Deep in the Siberian wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhta at the river Yenisei. There are only two ways to reach this outpost: by helicopter or boat. There‘s no telephone, running water or medical aid. The locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. Withinsightful commentary written and narrated by Herzog, HAPPY PEOPLE follows one of the Siberian trappers through all four seasons of the year to tell the story of a culture virtually untouched by modernity.

Metrics

Rotten Tomatoes
Critics Certified FreshAudience Upright
Critics
87% - Certified Fresh
Audience
76% - Upright

Movie Details

Theatrical Release: December 9th, 2011 (Limited) by Mongrel Media (Canada)
January 25th, 2013 (Limited) by Music Box Films
Video Release: April 23rd, 2013 by Music Box Films Video
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Keywords: Voiceover/Narration, Directing Yourself, Life in a Small Town
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Genre:Documentary
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Studio Babelsberg

Per Theater Chart: John Lives

John Dies at the End didn't crash and burn at the box office. I'm genuinely surprised. The film's reviews were mixed, and generally speaking, even great reviews are no guarantee for a limited release. Also, it opened on Video on Demand before coming out in theaters, which is usually a death sentence for a film's box office chances. However, John Dies at the End earned first place on the per theater chart with $12,467 in its lone theater. The only other film to top $10,000 on the per theater chart was Happy People: A Year in the Taiga with $10,481, also in one theater. More...

Limited Releases: Spoiler Alert

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Cast

Werner Herzog    Narrator

Production and Technical Credits

Director    Werner Herzog
Screenwriter    Werner Herzog
Executive Producer    Werner Herzog
Director    Dmitry Vasyudov
Producer    Charlie Woebcken
Producer    Christoph Fisser
Producer    Vladimir Perepelkin
Producer    Nick N. Raslan
Co-Producer    Thomas Nickel
Executive Producer    Yanko Damboulev
Executive Producer    Timur Bekmambetov
Executive Producer    Klaus Badelt
Cinematographer    Alexey Matveev
Cinematographer    Gleb Stepanov
Cinematographer    Arthur Sibirski
Cinematographer    Michael Tarkovsky
Editor    Joe Bini

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2012/04/13 96 $1,611   1 $1,611   $7,926 7
2013/01/25 63 $10,481   1 $10,481   $18,407 3
2013/02/01 76 $3,339 -68% 1 $3,339   $27,317 10
2013/02/08 70 $3,138 -6% 1 $3,138   $30,455 17
2013/02/15 55 $26,028 +729% 7 $3,718   $61,180 24
2013/02/22 49 $36,722 +41% 16 $2,295   $115,399 31
2013/03/01 53 $39,887 +9% 23 $1,734   $173,689 38
2013/03/08 54 $29,062 -27% 22 $1,321   $211,148 45
2013/03/15 56 $26,011 -10% 21 $1,239   $254,392 52
2013/03/22 72 $11,456 -56% 16 $716   $278,673 59
2013/03/29 80 $7,917 -31% 10 $792   $295,152 66
2013/04/05 72 $9,452 +19% 10 $945   $308,364 73
2013/04/12 82 $5,147 -46% 10 $515   $318,238 80
2013/04/19 77 $6,185 +20% 9 $687   $330,873 87
2013/04/26 97 $1,652 -73% 5 $330   $334,021 94
2013/05/03 105 $1,154 -30% 2 $577   $336,648 101
2013/05/31 81 $356   1 $356   $337,497 129

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