The Man Who Planted Trees

Frédéric Back (1987)

The Oscar he won for Crac! allowed Frédéric Back to fulfill his dream of bringing Jean Giono’s wonderful story The Man Who Planted Trees to the screen. In more distilled form, its environmental message and philosophy of life reflect the concerns already addressed by Back in his previous films. The seeds that the shepherd plants are the symbol of all our actions, good and bad, which have far-reaching consequences we can scarcely imagine. It is up to us to think and act in accordance with our hopes for the future, and, if possible, to leave behind us a world more beautiful and promising than the one we inherited.


  1. Yes, I remember reading about “Elzeard Bouvier” in The Whole Earth Catalogue years ago. I think I saw this film at a film festival several years ago. Maybe I saw it on PBS. Beautiful!

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