Art & Culture Nature 58’

In the woods of Walden, With Henry David Thoreau

Forerunner of the ecological movement and non-violent disobedience, Henry David Thoreau delivered in his book Walden, or Life in the Woods a visionary thinking which nowadays seems more relevant than ever.


In 1845, this American poet and philosopher decided to go on a retreat in the woods, living in a small cabin he built near Walden Pond. For 2 years, 2 months and 2 days, he lived to nature’s rhythm — slowly and consciously —, far from the frenetic pace and rising capitalism of New England. How can we live in communion with nature today? We encounter those who decided to follow Thoreau’s “eccentric” precepts.


Through harmonious dreamlike shots, this film offers a lyrical escape into nature and unveils the day-to-day of those who chose a simple living. Combining writers and academics viewpoints, we delve into Thoreau’s poetic and revolutionary mind.

Direction: Marie-Ève de Grave

Production: Idéale Audience, Senso Films & ARTE France

Languages: French, English

awards & festivals

  • FIFA - Montreal

    Official Selection - feature film

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