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Harvest (2011)

Lukas Steltner , Kai-Michael Mueller , Benjamin Cantu  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lukas Steltner, Kai-Michael Mueller, Karin Butsch, Markus Franke, Holger Merten
  • Directors: Benjamin Cantu
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GM38JW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The vast majority of gay-themed films center on urban gays wittily seeking love and sex. But Harvest is refreshingly set in an entirely different world - a German farming community where the relationship between two teens unfolds in a quietly absorbing fashion. Life on a farm is all that sullen teen Marco knows: he leads a quiet life of working, going to school and avoiding the advances of girls. His self-imposed solitude ends when curly-haired Jakob, rejecting the banking world for farming, arrives to train on the farm. The two are initially cautious and tentative with each other but spurred by unspoken sexual tension, they become friends and more. But can two young men trapped in the countryside accept their homosexuality, let alone become lovers? An original take on coming out, Harvest may begin slowly as the world of the farming community is laid out for us, but when Marco and Jakob s relationship builds, the story becomes sensual, romantic and amazingly real. - --Raymond Murray

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Two young farmhands meet and tentatively begin a relationship in this absorbing German drama.

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  • Interview With Director Benjamin Cantu
  • Philadelphia QFest: Q&A With The Director
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real genre-bender December 18, 2011
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Think socialist educational film on the joys of a government farmer training program, complete with earnest salt-of-the-earth agriculture instructors sporting haircuts so genuinely awful their 'do's actually achieve that ever ulta-elusive uber-hip of those who have found utter liberation from status-seeking. Oh, yeah, there is plenty of mucking out stalls and bucking bails and all those authentic farm activities, but never the remotest suggestion of any West Hollywood fantasies about a roll in the hay. Instead, slowly-as-watching-grass-grow, there develops a friendship so quiet and understated I had to keep rewinding because I thought I must have missed some crucial smoldering glances over the feed hopper or some such coded signal these two guys want each other. Nope. Yet, still, somehow the brokeback yearning seeps through, like, well a force of nature as relentless as the seasons. It's one of the odder films I've ever seen--such a deadpan absence of anything flashy, it may as well have been video verité--it absolutely succeeds without our lads so much as skinny dipping at the swimming hole. Yes, it is in German, and unlikely to get ground through the farcical Hollywood ratings system. But if it were, I feel certain it might well qualify as the first G-rated farming education and gay romance flick in the history of world cinema.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable November 28, 2011
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The movie is a story about two young farmer apprentices making a discovery of their sexuality, falling in love. One of the two young men readily opens up to the possibility of the same sex relationship while the other takes time to reach self-acceptance. The production takes on the flavor of a "home-made" movie that at times feels like a documentary story, with interview-like acting, little music, and lots of background noises of the farm machinery, firmly grounding the story in realism. I have enjoyed every moment of this movie.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Artfully Paced November 17, 2011
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American gay movies can revel in the "gay" and the cliche. They sometimes forget that a simple love story can still work. It's a shame these aren't made more here. The movie is enjoyable and lacking in faux, storyboarded tension. I'd recommend it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving love story not in the usual places January 20, 2012
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Most of the so-called "gay-themed" love stories on film that I have seen have taken place primarily in urban areas with their usual meeting places and "troubles" that come with high-density locals. This low budgeted German (with, of course, sub-titles) film instead tells a very moving love story between two very "clean-cut" appearing young men that are learning to be farmers on a huge farm that mainly raises cattle. The film lovingly shows how these two young men cope with their "blossoming" love while shoveling cow manure.

Mario has been a farm apprentice on the above mentioned huge farm for awhile always longing "for something else" to see and to do. Enter into his life another young man with the desire to learn farming and having more knowledge of the world (i.e., he can drive) The two tentatively fall in love not really knowing how to handle it. Their love story unfolds at a pace that, to me, is very reflective of their surroundings--no wild sex scenes, no wild parties, no smoked filled bars with loud disco music are shown . Just a very quiet "coming together",is reflected in this very fine film. (In fact the movie has no sound tract or soundtrack)

I really enjoyed this very romantic movie that is void of violence, nudity and sex but filled with romantic love.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is an act of love. January 6, 2012
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Not every precious stone is a diamond; this movie is merely a perfect emerald or sapphire. Nevertheless, it is a first class "engagement" ring. We see how wonderfully the characters engage.
We are not bothered with family dynamics; these characters are young adults away from home. We do not have to absorb chatter that reveals motivation; we can infer their inner states from their interactions. We do watch the two main characters move toward each other until courage takes them the last step, into each other's arms. Beautifully shot, lovingly paced, affectively acted, movingly resolved. What the hell else do you want?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conclusion: Realistic January 1, 2012
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I read several reviews about this movie before watching it; most of them said it was a bit drawn out and I would have to agree. That being said, The last 20 minutes of the film I had my mind made up: I did not like this film nor would I recommend it to anyone. However, the very last scene warmed by heart and made me reflect back over the whole movie. It has none of the sexual appeal of most modern movies and for that fact alone, it leaves a bittersweet taste in my mouth. I wanted more! Between peaceful scenes of farmland, background tractors rumbling away and lowing cattle, The interaction between the two main characters (Marco and Jakob) is awkward to say the least. My conclusion is that this is much more realistic than we all know. In fact, That's the one word that would describe this film the best: Realistic. Five stars as this one will become part of my collection.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, gentle, fascinating love story February 5, 2012
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I loved this movie. The first time Jacob and Marko sit in the abandoned car is one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever seen in any movie, and they hardly say a word; it's all in their eyes and in the way they move. Kai Michael Müller (Jacob) is especially appealing, but both guys are excellent. This movie is far more sensual than movies with nudity and sex (Harvest has none of either).

I should give up trying to understand why other people don't like the same things I do. I can't imagine thinking this movie is slow or boring or dull. I watched it all the way through in one sitting because I simply couldn't break myself away from it. So much was happening that I didn't want to miss any of it. I've seen over a thousand movies in the past five years, and I could count on one hand the ones I've watched in one sitting.

There is no violence in it at all, and only the very briefest flash of hostility from a passing stranger. Nearly everything that happens happens within and between the two lead characters; and even when it is difficult (as it is most of the time for Marko) it is always tender, never violent. Maybe that's why it bores people.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
beautifully cinematic ..... great acting ...... weird ending!
Published 4 days ago by Ken Cody
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting film about finding yourself.
A good foreign gay film with a focus on young people finding their way. It's realistic, interesting and smart. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Readerman
4.0 out of 5 stars it took like 3/4 of the movie to finally get to gay ...
it took like 3/4 of the movie to finally get to gay scene....but very cute. if you enjoy slow pace movie like Hawaii, plan B, etc, you will love this one as well
Published 27 days ago by Golgi
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Beautiful Farm Boys in Love
Ok. So you know the story. But what makes this different from other gay themed films is obviously the setting of the farm school operations and slow development of attraction... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeric
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly great
Never heard of this film before or read any of the reviews prior to watching it. Was just relaxing at home and thought why not give something new a try instead of re-watching an... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gus
4.0 out of 5 stars Understated but intense
This film is definitely worth a watch. A quiet yearn ing and tens ion. The two leads have good chemistry
Published 2 months ago by Timothy Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars a minimal, elegant coming of age story
In its restraint and simplicity Harvest unfolds into a beautiful story of sexual awakening and discovery. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Charles L Aronson
5.0 out of 5 stars A love story
I loved this movie. It is two young gay men falling in love. By the end of the movie, they both come to realize what they've found. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ted
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and different yet the same
While some of the themes explored in the movie are as old as time, the language differences, the subtle and powerful acting of the main characters, and the scenery--all combined to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by GuacAttack
4.0 out of 5 stars Linda's Thoughts on "Harvest"
This film provides an interesting insight to life after secondary school in Europe. I find it interesting that you apply to farm school like a college, and the school is more like... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Linda Davis
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