Hannu Rantala has been observing the lynxes living in his backyard for several years. Through game cameras hidden in the forest, he monitors the lives of the lynxes he knows – Parta-Jooseppi, Täplä, Ärmätti, and Laitilan Kauhu – and claims to be able to communicate with them. Through the game cameras he follows, the viewer also gets a glimpse of the life of animals that are usually hiding in the forest.
This dreamlike documentary comes close to its human protagonist while maintaining a respectful distance from the wild animals, thus managing to avoid excessive sentimentality or unnecessary anthropomorphization. Estonian nu-folk band Puuluup’s magical music complements the beautiful cinematography and editing.
“It’s a political statement to be crazy”, the director Juha Suonpää has said, and as the documentary unfolds, the viewer is motivated to ponder who actually is the crazy one: Hannu, defending the lynxes with his animal masks, or the surrounding system that threatens not only the lynxes but the whole ecosystem.