Rent Bitter Harvest (2017)

3.0 of 5 from 109 ratings
1h 39min
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Synopsis:
As Stalin advances the ambitions of communists in the Kremlin, a young artist named Yuri (Max Irons) battles to survive famine, imprisonment and torture to save his childhood sweetheart Natalka (Samantha Barks) from the "Holodomor", the death-by-starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. Against this tragic backdrop, Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and joins the anti-Bolshevik resistance movement as he battles to reunite with Natalka and continue the fight for a free Ukraine.
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Directors:
Producers:
Stuart Baird, Chad Barager, Jaye Gazeley, Ian Ihnatowycz, Roman Kindrachuk, George Mendeluk, Darko Skulsky
Writers:
Richard Bachynsky Hoover, George Mendeluk
Aka:
Devil's Harvest
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Romance
Countries:
Canada
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/07/2017
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (5) of Bitter Harvest

Dreadful - Bitter Harvest review by AM

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19/09/2017

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.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Very Dull & Disappointing - Bitter Harvest review by nm

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23/10/2017

This could have been such a brilliant film. The subject matter is a story that deserves to be told. This film however is a miserable attempt. The acting is wooden top and the characters are s dull that it's hard to care what happens to any of them. It has a budget film quality and really is a bit of a disgrace when the story deserved more.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

A lost opportunity - Bitter Harvest review by GG

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11/02/2018

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.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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