Misery meets Martyrs. But it lack the sheer cruelty of the latter and the high tension of the former. The baseball game as a narrative/framing device is so syrupy, it makes your teeth hurt. A missed opportunity.
McNaughton's bland style certainly made Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer effectively disturbing due to its Cinéma vérité approach, but in The Harvest, it just feels like a Lifetime film. Other generic elements are evident in its syrupy music, sentimental drama, and the subdued shocks. Minimalism in both style and content certainly have their place, but when paired with slightness it just feels melodramatic.
Hm. Received special attention in the current Film Comment's Home Movies section. Yet not good. A promising premise undone by multi-level dumbness and unsalvageable by performances either embarrassed or embarrassing. Peter Fonda seems to have been cast exclusively for the authenticity he brings to the task of repeating the words "far out" at randomly irrelevant moments. He does this well. He sounds sincere.
One of the worst films I´ve seen in ages. Accomplished actors Morton and Shannon come off as sheer amateurs and are left drifting in a movie so atrocious it´s hard to believe. The young actors are bad but considering the dialogue and aimless direction from McNaughton they hardly can be singularly blamed. Even the photo and music is third rate and reeks of daytime TV. How this even got green lit is beyond me. Avoid!!!
D'un méphitique machiavélisme médical et parental, scrupuleusement entretenu par un scénario sournois et pervers à souhait, une œuvre incisive et réussie dont l'intérêt est rehaussé par une interprétation haut de gamme des principaux acteurs... www.cinefiches.com
It's fine, but nothing special. Samantha Morton and Michael Shannon give good performances, but their characters are only minimally developed. Whatever interest this film has comes from those actors and not much else.