By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated March 23, 2010 at 11:13 PM EDT

Remember when you watched American Beauty and thought that Wes Bentley’s loner misfit and his filmed encomium to a floating plastic bag were impossibly lame? Well, it turns out that all it needed was a little Werner Herzog. The video was put up on YouTube two weeks ago, but this short film from Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo) featuring the mad/brilliant German director as the voice of a fluttering bag who sets off to find itself is just too good to miss. There’s just something about Herzog’s ruminating, Teutonic inflections that make everything that much more awesome, in both senses of the word. But what more can you expect from a man who has been shot during an interview, pulled Joaquin Phoenix from a burning car, and hates the French language so much that he almost refused to use it to save his own life. Watch the ecstatically truthful short yourself below:

What do you think? Don’t you want a Werner Herzog setting on your alarm clock so you can wake up to his voice intoning “Wake up! A day ripe with promise stretches out before you, even if you cannot fathom the immensity of your own existence.”