The Woods Dreams Are Made Of
Le Bois dont les rêves sont faits
Le Bois de Vincennes, a huge, mostly wild forest just outside Paris, is a secret shelter for many Parisians. A genius loci and even a contemporary Noah's Ark, if not a lost paradise where all kinds of people escape the dangers and chaos of the city. Migrants, natives, prostitutes and their anonymous clients, stalkers, loners, philosophers, romantics, artists and dreamers come here to find solace and discover themselves. Some even live amidst this wilderness as outcasts and hermits, believing that only by communing with nature can they really be free and understand the meaning of life as well as return to their childhood, the true home of every human being. Claire Simon interviews and follows them with great delicacy, opening a door to a totally different life hidden just beyond the urban landscape of Paris. A truly humane view on contemporary man.