by Nicolas Humbert
SUI/GER, 2016, 108'
World premiere at Visions du Réel 2016, International Competition for feature films
Urban gardeners in post-industrial Detroit, the native American activist Milo Yellow Hair and his agricultural project, the rebel gardener Maurice Maggi who changed the face of Zurich with his wild plantings, and the innovative agricultural cooperative “Jardins de Cocagne” in Geneva... Through a polyphonic narrative structure, Wild Plants draws multiple portraits of those who are abandoning the comfort of the consumer society and returning to the earth, in order to create new ways of being together and being in the world. A back to basics, a return to the so-called primary needs, in order to give meaning to work, as well as to find answers to metaphysical questions. This crossroads of portraits of activists provides an overview of ongoing ideas, and provides an understanding of the motivations. But beyond the discourses, Nicolas Humbert captures everyday gestures with a fine sense of poetry, and finds a rhythm that accompanies the protagonists in their relationship with time, far removed from the urgency of the culture of channel hopping.