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The Harvesters (2019)

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South Africa, Free State region, isolated stronghold to the Afrikaans white ethnic minority culture. In this conservative farming territory obsessed with strength and masculinity, Janno is different, secretive, emotionally frail. One day his mother, fiercely religious, brings home Pieter, a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to makes this stranger into his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage and parental love. An official selection of Cannes Un Certain Regard, Etienne Kallos' debut feature film explores teenage angst and family dynamics set against a harsh yet stunning South African backdrop.

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This darkly powerful psychodrama finds fear and tension in its hermetic world of rural farming and religious immersion amid the almost contradictory beauty of its sprawling South African locale.

September 26, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…
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Vermeulen gives a belter of a performance, never overplaying Janno's inner turmoil. Everything he thinks and feels plays across his entire body, most notably in the film's most potent scene as he has a confrontation and connection with Pieter.

October 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

September 13, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Harvesters" is an unsettling feature at times, but also intensely atmospheric.

September 11, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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