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Harvest

2011

NR CC

This refreshing drama is set in an entirely different world - a German farming community - where the relationship between two teens unfolds in a quietly absorbing fashion.

Starring:
Lukas Steltner, Kai Michael Müller
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, International
Director Benjamin Cantu
Starring Lukas Steltner, Kai Michael Müller
Supporting actors Steven Baade, Florian Born, Eric Fechner, Christian Hahn, Charlina Ingold, Jan Jendruschewitz, Felix Kaminski, Simon Kirmeier, Katharina Körner, Christian Sauermilch, Tino Trempler, Tobias Weichert, Karin Butsch, Markus Franke, Holger Merten, Uwe Schäzel, Walter Schulze, Petra Thymian
Studio TLA Releasing
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (digital download only)

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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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This is a documentary that studies a topic that very few people know about or care to know about: children in the fields. Unlike children who work in the parents' farms the three children who appear in this film work in the fields as a result of necessity due to the migrant lifestyle they are forced to carry due to their poverty. The lives of these three children and their families are difficult to swallow for those who think that the U.S. can provide opportunities for all. The reality is that it rather makes reflect about how severe and chronic poverty in the U.S. is. I showed this film in my U.S. history class and my students found it informative and now they have knowledge about the difficulties of life in the fields. This movie will make you appreciate life and the hard work of these migrant manual laborers. Worth every penny!
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I first saw this at a CABE conference in March. Many of the audience in tears. I teach ESL teens in Oakland and some of them have worked in fields and most of them have parents or other relatives that live like this.

Coincidently the movie relates to several sections in our text books( Visions or High Point) and thus provides a useful jump off point and discussion area. I devised 20 questions to provide a framework to use in follow up writing. I would absolutely recommend this film for not just ELD/ESL but also for teachers of social sciences,Civics, and Politics.
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By jkm211 on 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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I teach high school Spanish and was THRILLED to come across a realistic portrayal of, essentially, the child labor atrocities taking place in our country today. My relatively naive high schoolers were fascinated and shocked to see how we get our produce here in the United States and the lengths farms and corporations go to to keep costs down- that is after all what it comes down to. There was quite a bit of Spanish that helped them as well. I did a whole unit off this unit.
A must-see for all!
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I bought this movie for a class that I teach. I liked the fact that it provided a balanced and realistic view of migrant workers, their children, and the issues they are faced with in the US. It wasn't over the top negative or positive. It's a good documentary for audiences of all ages and interests.
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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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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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