The plot---A mean farmer who delights in humiliating the people who work his farm, is murdered...(the murderer, later is revealed) They are amazed when the farm is willed to them, and they undertake it. Although they aren't perfect, and they have and develop problems with each other. Lukas and Emmy are involved with each other, and Severin is a very quiet young man, who always looks in a state of disarray, especially his hair.
The question of why the farm is left to them, is puzzling, but that is also revealed... Their biggest problem is the cruel villagers, who don't like the fact that the land was left to them, and that they refuse to sell it....it ends tragically, for everyone, but I felt a little hopeful with the last scene of Severin and Emmy.
I think it should also be cautioned, that it does contain a rape near the end...
Over all...not bad....I've seen it twice, I've bought it, and will watch it again..
This film brought to light how hard the life of a peasant was. They worked seven days a week at backbreaking labor and were virtual slaves to the farmer. It was a horrible life compared to that of the farmers around them. In German, with English subtitles, the film is in color but it may as well been in black and white because the story is such a dark and dismal one. There's a bit of humor but it does nothing but underscore the horrible lives that these people led. Of course there's a ray of hope when they inherit the land, but they are naive to think that their culture would let them live in peace.
The tale is centered around a young man named Lukas who romances the three young women peasant women on the farm, most notably Emily, who is a fiery and outspoken advocate of their land ownership. There's also another young man, an older woman and a stable boy on the farm and each is well developed with distinctive personalities. There's a lot of violence and some very sad moments. I was depressed throughout. This has nothing to do with the quality of the film which dealt with some important themes.
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