- Bitter Harvest review by AM
A really worthy and intense subject, rarely tackled - the genocide of 10 million people by forced starvation ordered y Stalin in 1932.
The film however has treated this subject to cliched direction, shmaltzy musak, wooden filming; in all, a mess of a film. The actors try hard but can't overpower the lack of atmosphere or any sense of reality or even documentation. It's ended up as a sort of attempt at a stylisation failing miserably and looking more like an episode of a low budget TV drama.
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A lost opportunity
- Bitter Harvest review by GG
Such an important subject, told so badly. What a shame. The film is full of cliches - at the beginning of the film the romanticised, idealistic images of Ukrainian peasantry whose lives are forever sunny whilst they harvest grain reminded me of old Hovis adverts. Sadly too many events have been trivialised and very poorly acted. And why were there no Ukranian actors in the film? Why was it all in English? Why on earth did the actors playing the Russian characters have to use pretend Russian accents? This era of history deserves strong storytelling - this film failed dismally.
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