Why, at the age of fifty-six, does Erik Versantvoort decide to quit his job to go and live in a wooden cabin in the depths of the Vosges forest? Some would say that, in a sudden urge for freedom, he wanted to turn his back on his working-class life to live out an adventure that only lasted a year. Others say that he knew he was terminally ill and that he set out for this hermitage hidden in the middle of the Vosges Mountains in order to die there.
With exceptional sensitivity, Robin Hunzinger films Erik, suffering from cancer, who’s chosen to live in a cabin perched right in the middle of the mountains. Being attentive to what his body is saying as well as to all that surrounds him, and paying attention to all the multiple relationships running through it is what energises Erik as his life draws to a close. The film portrays magnificently the calm beauty of Erik, serene and content in the midst of nature that fills his every day with thousands of rustles and murmurs, each one unique.
This is not about setting nature against technology but instead puts perception and relationships back in to the heart of existence, accepting death as the consequence of life in its simple finitude.
Network Coordinator for Environmental & Sustainable Development Education
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