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Breathtaking in its subtle beauty, Harvest is an achingly romantic tale of an innocent but ever increasingly passionate affair that develops between two simple farmhands. Life on a farm is all that sullen teen Marco knows- leading a perfunctory and quiet life of working, going to school and avoiding the advances of girls. However, his self-imposed solitude ends when curly-haired Jakob, rejecting the banking world for farming, arrives to train on the farm. Although initially cautious and tentative with each other, it is soon obvious that the unspoken sexual tension is becoming increasingly hard to resist - something a spontaneous trip to Berlin. Proving that true love can blossom in even the most unlikely of places, Harvest is as rich and rewarding as it is heartwarming.
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Another Gay Movie this ain't but if you're looking for a coming-of-age story with a difference this is for you!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I don't necessarily dissent from the positive views people have of this film, it is basically a bit dull. Even rural types can be gay! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Richard Gray
Good central performances, too much pointless farming filler, good sound design and cinematography, all too common ambiguous end to a gay film.Published 18 months ago by Darren
Below average film. Not much of a storyline and quite slow. Characters don't seem to have much of a story or background to them. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. N. D. Havers
because of Australian dollar exchange rate becoming expensivePublished 22 months ago by hilton parkinson