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Three Years, Three Months, Three Days| 55mins
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: Italy
Subject Tags: belief, consciousness, discoveries, europe, evolution, france, italy, spiritual awareness
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
This story is about embracing an extreme way of life. Didier, our main character, is a man in his forties who believes he has been granted everything in life. However, he also feels that something had always been missing for him to be truly happy. In his view, there is only one possible way to fill this need: remove himself from the world and go on what Tibetan Buddhist's call the “three years, three months, three days” retreat. Hardly an ascetic, he will live these years locked up somewhere in the French Alps behind a fence, together with a dozen other people who, like him, will commit to spiritual practices, morning and night for 365 days a year. The film follows Didier through the critical stages just before he is about to drop it all: his partner, his house, his friends, his family, his “freedom." He recalls the months before joining the retreat, his motivation, his doubts, his resolution and his difficulties when facing the choice that means so much to him and that costs him so much. This is the story of a very different kind of adventure: an adventure directed inwards, not towards the world but out of the world, embarking on a journey of self-discovery.

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