Faith Like Potatoes
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A farmer moves his family to South Africa and suffers a series of seemingly insurmountable losses. Through unlikely friendships and much needed divine intervention, he discovers his life's true purpose and it sustains his unwavering belief in the power of faith. A moving life journey of a man who, like his potatoes, grows his faith, unseen until the harvest.
The growing genre of Christian cinema adds to its flock Faith Like Potatoes, based on the book of the same name about a real-life South African farmer named Angus Buchan. Buchan accepted Jesus at a moment of crisis and began experiencing miracles, ranging from sudden rain putting out a wildfire to reviving a woman struck by lightning. The movie follows Buchan (played by Frank Rautenbach, star of a South African soap opera) from his failed farm in Zambia to his rise as a lay evangelist, delivering a sermon in a massive South African stadium. He begins as a sullen, short-tempered man, quick to lash out at his wife (the lovely Jeanne Wilhelm) and the native Zulu workers on his struggling farm. But as his life takes on the purpose of spreading the Word, Buchan finds personal peace (though he also faces personal tragedies). Faith Like Potatoes is squarely aimed at Christian viewers; its straightforward take on Christianity is unlikely to persuade skeptics. Despite the intriguing and (for an American audience) exotic locale, the problems Buchan faces (overwork, an emotionally remote marriage) feel bland and generic. Though Buchan clearly disapproves of a snide British farmer's colonialist contempt for the Zulus, the movie's own attitude towards them is paternalistic at best. Still, despite baldly expository dialogue, Faith Like Potatoes does have a steady forward momentum to its story, and there's little question that the right audience will find its message comforting and compelling. --Bret Fetzer
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What a movie!!! He is literally an example of the kind of faith spoken of in the scriptures. He moved mountains. Their simple life, love, and obedience to the Lord demonstrates that we do not need "stuff" to be happy, serve others, and find real joy and fulfillment in this life. There was no welfare office, no umemployment, no bailout. It was such an inspiration to improve my own life, to look for more ways to help and serve others, and to pray more fervently for the Lord's will in my life.
I was also touched by the way they handled tragedy. The loss of a child has to be the most difficult trial of this life experience. My heart ached and I felt sick inside. So touching how they were comforted by the Lord in the vision of his brother regarding the life of his son beyond mortality. It was wonderful reassurance by a loving God who is well acquainted with pain and suffering.
I must also add that I think his wife had to be an angel. God bless her!!
The documentary by the real man is a "must watch". The Lord can and does work miracles through ordinary people. I was so impressed that his ministry never took any money from those that attended. Vastly different from the evangelists of today who get rich off their attendees. It was obvious that money is not his Master.
For me and where I am in my life, this was a wonderful movie.
It sometimes is a little difficult to understand the dialects and we had to engage the sub-titles, but as we became accustomed to the language we were able to enjoy the film even more.
The truth behind this message is real and it is wonderful to see and hear a true story put to film without the usual "Based on a true story" embellishments.
The other reviewers have done a wonderful job of posting what the film is about so my desire is to just recommend it to the Body of Christ believers who enjoy films from time to time. This is a real blessing and it will bring tears as well as the goose bumps to the arms of those who KNOW what the truth is.
I think this is masterfully done, and wonderfully acted by real honest talent. 5 Stars.