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  • Frédéric Back
  • Production Companies
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
  • Société Radio-Canada
  • The story of a shepherd's single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley.

  • 1913, Provence, Southeastern France. Stranded in a barren valley in the foothills of the Alps, the young and thirsty narrator is saved by Elzéard Bouffier, a solitary, grizzled shepherd. As one thing leads to another, the captivating story of the man who planted trees unfolds, spanning the period before World War I until shortly after World War II. It chronicles the shepherd's arduous, decades-long effort to reforest the desolate and arid land all by himself, transforming it into a thriving, vibrant oasis of colours, sounds, and beautiful scents.

  • The story of Elzeard Bouffier, who over 35 years quietly cultivated a magnificent forest in a desolate area of France. The tale is told by a young traveler who happens upon the old gentleman one day, and finds himself returning to rediscover the landscape several times over the following decades.


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