I watched this film before bed last night. I awoke this morning in my warm, cozy bed, thankful for indoor plumbing and hot coffee, and reflected on the lives of the people I had seen in the film. Theirs is a very traditional life, devoid of most modern conveniences, save for chainsaws and snowmobiles. Accessible only by helicopter or boat, their community remains isolated and relatively untouched by the world. Despite the hard work the life requires, I wonder if they know what a blessing this is? The film follows several trappers over the span of a year, but focuses mainly on Genady (sp?). A present-day Henry Thoreau, I enjoyed his philosophizing on his life, his work, and his world. I also appreciated his gentle reproaches of those whose actions of which he does not approve. He possesses a tremendous respect for the natural world and all its creatures without the sanctimoniousness of the "defenders of the environment" in the Western world. If you are a lover of dogs, you will appreciate the relationship between the men and their animals. However, be cautioned that some of the attitudes about where a dog's place is may be different than ours in the West, and Anatoly's views were particularly difficult to synthesize. Genday assesses this, too, as he treats his dogs as an extension of his family. To his mind, a man is not a hunter without his dogs. He needs them as much as they need him. The film only scratches the surface of family and village life, and I would like to have seen more. It was difficult to get an appreciable idea of what their daily lives are like, both when the men are in the village during the summer, and away working their hundreds of miles of traplines during the long winters. The film also lightly touches on the the plight of the indigenous people of that area; not surprisingly, they face the same serious problems and barriers of Western indigenous people. The taiga is harsh, vast, cold, and incredibly beautiful. The challenges and rewards are abundant for these Happy People. Thank you to the producers of this film for showing me another branch of my human family!