It opens with a stunning panoramic view of a farmhouse in a great empty desert. An older woman in a red dress – Talma – stands in the doorway, quietly contemplating her life. Other than her chickens and goats, she’s entirely alone. Everyone she knows left long ago.
The Stillness of the Wind is a brilliant dystopian narrative about love and loss, disguised as a gentle farming simulator. With each passing day, you carry out a simple routine of tending to crops, collecting eggs and making cheese. After all that exhausting labour, you can cook dinner, relax and read a book.
The sense of isolation becomes heavy, though, and wears on Talma. At night, she starts to have unsettling dreams. Her occasional interactions with a passing trader, or the rare letter sent by old friends and relatives, are her lifelines – even if they only relay scraps of grim news. Something ominous is happening in the city, though the details are sparse.
Why worry – that’s all happening far away, right? At least the farm is peaceful. There’s the ambient sound of clucking chickens, the chirp of distant birds and gentle gusts of wind. Despite the loneliness, it’s still incredibly beautiful.
Stillness both celebrates and punctures the dream of escaping everything and living a quiet life away from it all. It conveys a simple, meaningful truth, celebrating the importance of human connection: in times of darkness, we can’t be alone.