HOME – Seeing Earth From a New Perspective

Goodlifer: HOME - Seeing Earth From a New Perspective

In 200,000 years on Earth humanity has upset the balance of the planet, established by nearly four billion years of evolution. The price to pay is high, but it’s too late to be a pessimist: humanity has barely ten years to reverse the trend, become aware of the full extent of its spoiliation of the Earth’s riches and change its patterns of consumption.

Traveling to over 50 countries to bring us amazing footage, Yann Arthus-Bertrand invites us to share his wonder and his concern. Home offers breathtaking bird’s eye views of all corners of the planet allows us to take a step back and contemplate what kind of Earth we want to live on. It is easy to forget that man’s presence is but a brief moment in Earth’s existence. The beauty that surrounds us was not created for us, it is something we should not take for granted but cherish and really start trying to save.

Tungnaa River, north-east of Landmannalaugar. © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction

Tungnaa River, north-east of Landmannalaugar.

Lake Powell, Utah, USA (37°18' N – 110°45' W). © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction

Lake Powell, Utah, USA (37°18′ N – 110°45′ W).

Iguazu Falls, Misiones Province, Argentina and Brazil (25°42' S – 54°26' W). © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Iguazu Falls, Misiones Province, Argentina and Brazil (25°42′ S – 54°26′ W).

Lakagigar volcanic system, Iceland (64°07’N - 18°14’W). © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Lakagigar volcanic system, Iceland (64°07’N – 18°14’W).

Permafrost in Siberia, Russia. © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Permafrost in Siberia, Russia.

It has been argued that our environmental choices all boil down to aesthetics; just how much destruction are we willing to live with? Home does an excellent job of showing us what we are gambling with, in a way it is a visual version of An Inconvenient Truth. Coincidentally, the film was inspired by its Oscar-winning maker. Arthus-Bertrand talks about why he felt the need to make this movie. “When I invited Al Gore to show his film, An Inconvenient Truth, to the French Parliament, I realized just how much impact a movie could have, even more than a TV program. I saw how moved the audience was — to tears in some cases — and said to myself that a feature film was an excellent way of reaching people.”

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia (16°55’ S – 146°03’ E). © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia (16°55’ S – 146°03’ E).

Manhattan and Chrysler building, New York City, USA. © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Manhattan and Chrysler building, New York City, USA.

Pesticide spraying in Naivasha, Kenya. © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Pesticide spraying in Naivasha, Kenya.

Greenhouses in San Augustin near Almeria, Andalusia, Spain (36°42' N - 2°44' W). © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Greenhouses in San Augustin near Almeria, Andalusia, Spain (36°42′ N – 2°44′ W).

Graphic formation on frozen Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia (53°46’N - 108°19’E). © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Graphic formation on frozen Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia (53°46’N – 108°19’E). © “HOME” – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Home is a hugely ambitious project, shot entirely in high-definition, from a helicopter. It is distributed for free, an in the movie business unprecedented effort made possible by financial backing from François-Henri Pinault, the Chairman and CEO of PPR. The French movie director Luc Besson is also among the list of influential collaborators.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand filming HOME, from a helicopter. © Tanguy Thuaud / film “HOME” – an ELZEVIR FILMS / EUROPACORP coproduction

Yann Arthus-Bertrand filming HOME, from a helicopter. © Tanguy Thuaud / film “HOME” – an ELZEVIR FILMS / EUROPACORP coproduction

Cineflex Cameraman Tanguy Thuaud in Indonesia. © Michel Benjamin / film “HOME” – an ELZEVIR FILMS / EUROPACORP coproduction in Indonesia. © Michel Benjamin / film “HOME” – an ELZEVIR FILMS / EUROPACORP coproduction

Cineflex Cameraman Tanguy Thuaud in Indonesia. © Michel Benjamin / film “HOME” – an ELZEVIR FILMS / EUROPACORP coproduction in Indonesia. © Michel Benjamin / film “HOME” – an ELZEVIR FILMS / EUROPACORP coproduction

Luc Besson, François-Henri Pinault and Yann Arthus-Bertrand. © Thomas Sorrentino / film “HOME” – an ELZEVIR FILMS / EUROPACORP coproduction

Luc Besson, François-Henri Pinault and Yann Arthus-Bertrand. © Thomas Sorrentino / film “HOME” – an ELZEVIR FILMS / EUROPACORP coproduction

For the last ten years, all of Arthus-Bertrand’s work has been carbon offset, and Home is not an exception. All the CO2 emission produced during the making of the film are offset, financing a project of diffusion of anaerobic digesters in the Hassan district in India.

Suburbs of Los Angeles, California, USA. © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Suburbs of Los Angeles, California, USA.

Interchange, Los Angeles, California, USA. © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Interchange, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Wheat harvest near Lamar, Colorado, USA (38°32' N -102°55'W). © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Wheat harvest near Lamar, Colorado, USA (38°32′ N -102°55’W).

Pantanal wetlands near Corumba, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil (17°54' S - 57°21' W). © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Pantanal wetlands near Corumba, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil (17°54′ S – 57°21′ W).

Slums in Makoko opposite Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria (6°30' N - 3°24' E). © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Slums in Makoko opposite Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria (6°30′ N – 3°24′ E).

View the full-length film on the YouTube page, download the free app for your iPhone, which also includes the full-length film (follow the link on the top left corner of the website or search for Home GoodPlanet in the AppStore), and get ready to be humbled by the amazing earth we all inhabit.

Landfill for oil residue from the Athabasca Oil Sands, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada (57°01' N –111°38' W). © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Landfill for oil residue from the Athabasca Oil Sands, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada (57°01′ N –111°38′ W).

Forest fire between Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria. © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Forest fire between Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Coal-fired power plant, Shanxi province, People's Republic of China. © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Coal-fired power plant, Shanxi province, People’s Republic of China.

Solar-powered houses, Vauban district, Freiburg, Germany (47°58'N - 7°50'E). © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Solar-powered houses, Vauban district, Freiburg, Germany (47°58’N – 7°50’E).

Primeval forest, Fiordland Park, New Zealand. © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Primeval forest, Fiordland Park, New Zealand.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA (44°27'N - 110°51' W). © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA (44°27’N – 110°51′ W).

North-west of Qikiqtarjuag, Baffin Island. © "HOME" – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

North-west of Qikiqtarjuag, Baffin Island.

Once you have seen true beauty, you can no longer deny its power.

Top photo: Boats in the port of Mopti on the Niger River, Mali (14°30’N – 4°12’W).

All film stills © “HOME” – an ELZEVIR FILMS – EUROPACORP coproduction.

About author
A designer by trade, Johanna has always had a passion for storytelling. Born and raised in Sweden, she's lived and worked in Miami, Brooklyn and, currently, Ojai, CA. She started Goodlifer in 2008 to offer a positive outlook for the future and share great stories, discoveries, thoughts, tips and reflections around her idea of the Good Life. Johanna loves kale, wishes she had a greener thumb, and thinks everything is just a tad bit better with champagne (or green juice).
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