The Harvesters

critic Reviews

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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Emily WheelerFilm Inquiry
    It's a film with uncomfortable weight, one that slowly but surely crushes you in the way any society presses on those who don't fit in.
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    Brian OrndorfBlu-ray.com
    "The Harvesters" is an unsettling feature at times, but also intensely atmospheric.
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    Joshua SpeiserFilm Threat
    One of the best measures of a film is its resonance, its ability to stick with you long after you have left the theater or turned off your screen. By that measure, The Harvesters is a resounding success.
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    Grethe KempCity Press (South Africa)
    Though it left me impressed by the cinematography, acting and score, I felt that ending it so vaguely was an opportunity los
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    Kallos captures this with timeless, expansive visuals, contrasting golden farmlands with densely coloured local villages.
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    George FenwickNew Zealand Herald
    The themes of toxic masculinity and societal roles start strong, and lead actor Brent Vermeulen is hypnotically good - but the film's power is slightly diluted by its muddled narrative.
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    Boyd van HoeijHollywood Reporter
    A slow-burning and increasingly suffocating variation on the myth of Cain and Abel, The Harvesters (Die Stropers) is the impressive feature debut from Greek-South African filmmaker Etienne Kallos.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Carlos F. HerederoCaimán Cuadernos de Cine
    The main problem with the film is that this suggestive and disturbing reflection... ends up stagnating in the waters of a somewhat confused dramaturgy and a rather flat staging and with limited capacity for resonance. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Guy LodgeVariety
    This sternly moving, vividly shot rural drama draws quasi-Biblical resonance from its tale of teenage foster brothers locked in a familial and cultural power struggle on a remote farmstead.
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    Wendy IdeScreen International
    Although austere and restrained in its approach, this assured feature debut effectively hints at a churning savagery beneath the surface, which is every bit as unforgiving as the stark landscape.
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