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Drama in which two young apprentices at a farm find themselves increasingly drawn to one another. Life on a farm is essentially all Marko (Lukas Steltner) knows. Born and raised in the countryside, he lives the quiet life of the land and keeps to himself at school, where he seems to have little interest in the approaches of girls. Marko begins to come out of his shell when Jacob (Kai Michael Müller) arrives to train on the farm. Unlike Marko, Jacob has become attracted to life as a farm hand as an alternative to the world of finance in which he trained. The two young men become increasingly close, but is it only friendship both seek?

Starring:
Lukas Steltner, Steven Baade
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DVD

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Lukas Steltner, Steven Baade, Kai Michael Müller
Director Benjamin Cantu
Genres Drama
Studio FUSION MEDIA SALES
Rental release 21 November 2011
Main languages German
Subtitles English

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Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tom Smith on 21 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
Harvest is one of the most original and beautiful gay romances I have ever seen. The slow burning film follows the growing attraction between two 'straight' male farmhands. What starts as a tentative friendship turns into something achingly real. The film has such a natural and authentic sensibility that, at times, it almost feels as if you are watching a documentary. The performances are affecting, to say the least, and the actors have a genuine chemistry which shines throughout.

Another Gay Movie this ain't but if you're looking for a coming-of-age story with a difference this is for you!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Nov 2011
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I loved this film and watched it twice in succession. It is very refreshing to see a film on a gay subject that does not announce this almost straight off; here, the way the farm works and the life of the interns is shown at a slow enough pace for you really to get a sense of the place and how these young people might feel. The editing doesn't cut short discussions with their supervisor or trips out on to the field to put tags on calves, for instance. This means that when feelings between two of the young men do become apparent to themselves and to us, the whole thing feels very organic, and the romance is all the more tender for the tentative way it develops. You are very aware of this being a rural film, but it is full of very real human situations of many types - personally I liked the way so much is told in small gestures and glances. If you like action films and a fast-moving urban narrative then you won't find it here, but the characters are very natural and not at all ingratiating, and their foray into sexual feeling has remained with me days after seeing it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jarek on 1 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
Benjamin Cantu's 'HARVEST' is a simply told love story of two lads who meet as farmhands and fall in love. There are sections where you learn some about various farming techniques such is the realist nature of the screenplay and plot. Marco and Jacob played by Lukas Steltner and Kai Michael Muller come from differing backgrounds. The former with issues (not least that he hasn't come out) while Jacob appears the more stable and sensing the other's recalcitrance makes most of the moves, until the inevitable. And that's just about all. No deep psychological meanderings. No flashy effects or camerawork. And despite some minor side plots such as Marco's weakness in writing, his reluctance towards girls making passes and so on, there's really not much more to it. Competent direction and design, Affable performances. I just wish they'd all cheer up a bit. An agreeable 85 minutes or so. In German with subtitles.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jet404 on 2 April 2012
Format: DVD
The film follows two farming apprentices; the troubled, semi-literate Marko, and the more extrovert Jacob, who's packed in a job at a bank for a more ascetic existence.

Their undeniable attraction to each other begins to manifest in fleeting, awkward encounters. The two lead actors give brilliantly subtle performances, building more sexual / romantic tension than any other film I can think of.

Because of the interspersed scenes of farming, populated by non-actors, and which play almost like instructional documentary, the story feels utterly real. Ingeniously, the quiet, under-dramatised story achieves far more than an average romance and with far fewer brush-strokes. However, despite the documentary style of this film, many of the shots are very deliberately composed, and often linger increasingly gratuitously on the backs of necks, and jaw lines and so on, as if the director is gradually learning his two leads' best angles.

To see a depiction of a gay relationship that's stripped of materialism, of camp, and any wordy preoccupation with coming out, is refreshing. For some viewers, the film will feel slow and inconsequential, and for others, especially those familiar with the feeling of excitement and clandestinity and naughtiness that an unsuspected homosexual relationship often affords - this film will be the closest thing to reliving that experience.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
This is the story of two lads who are working as interns at a German farming school, and we are told of a `passionate love that develops'. This is shot in a way that has the look and feel of a documentary, with sometimes pointless exchanges that do nothing to take the story or indeed the narrative further. The two main players are the only professional actors in this they are Jakob (Kai Michael Muller) and Marko (Lukas Stetner) who, it must be fair to say, do an above average job given the script and ad libbing. The rest of the cast are just ordinary folk who are obviously farming types.

There is a lot of `mood' in this film, where we are reflecting on the looks and stares or meaningful silences, in order to understand what is going on. There is also minimal background music which adds even more to the docudrama feel of the thing. Some of the sub titles, which are in white, often get obscured by the background too, but that is a very minor gripe. The real problem is that nothing really happens; it's like a perpetual ride to Nowhersville.

There is a lot about farming, so farm fetishists (if they exist) will be in welly heaven. There are explicit scenes involving the European `classic tractor' the Zeto 5211, graphic portrayals of cow husbandry and full frontal shots of irrigation machines. Plus a whole plethora of art house camera angles and suggestive looks. There is though some character development, but it just does so at a glacial pace and for a film with a run time of 88 minutes that is just another sign post to the severe lack of action.

With regards to the `passion' we were promised, we have to wait an eon for anything much and then its just drunken fumbling, but I did get to learn how to process carrots so not a complete loss.
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