Drømmeland

Joost van der Wiel

In the beautiful primordial nature of Norway, Nils (age 60) tries to live on his own. He is tired of the everyday hustle and bustle of modern life and goes to live in the wilderness, together with his beloved horse. He manages to support himself quite well, but has great difficulty extracting himself from modern forms of communication.

Nils longs for an independent life in harmony with nature and resorts to living in a small wooden cabin in the mountains of Norway. Despite his attempt to distance himself from modern society, he brings his mobile phone with him. Once there, surrounded by the rugged Norwegian wilderness, Nils has to face his desire for human contact. The need to share his ‘isolation’ with the outside world via his mobile telephone proves irresistible. A tragicomic scene is the one where his son visits and says he has more phone contact with father now than before his father retreated into the wilderness. The film explores the conflict between the desire to live in complete freedom and isolation and the deeply rooted human need for contact and communication.

Credits

Subtitles
EN
Director
Joost van der Wiel
Country
Netherlands, The
Type
Documentary
Duration
72 minutes
Themes
aged people, ecology & environment
Year
2019