Bittere Ernte (Angry Harvest) Reviews
(1985) Angry Harvest/ Bittere Ernte
(In German with English subtitles)
Adapted from Hermann H. Field novel centers on an old single impotent Austrian farmer during WWII secluding a middle aged Jewish lady into his secret cellar. At first, she resists his advances since she's assuming that her husband might still be alive but eventually gives in since she was exactly what he was looking for as a wife. I was involved until the end for the actions almost contradicts what viewers initially saw in much of the movie leaving with more questions than it gives viewers answers such as he could've informed her that her husband's still alive, if she didn't want to leave.
2 out of 4 stars
Stahl and his co-star Elisabeth Trissenaar have a complicated, often confusing cinematic chemistry which can either engage or repulse the viewer.
This is a film not for the faint of heart. Elements of intrigue, deception, and an over-arching understanding of the central characters' differing religious beliefs will draw the viewer into this taut passionate tale.
Even as it feels theatrically staged at times, "Angry Harvest" is still a compelling movie with one heck of an ending that ties everything together. The movie provides an incisive look at the perversity inside men's hearts. And outside of Leon's chastity(which causes a whole load of problems), this is not referring to anything sexual(The only time I have seen cupping in person had nothing to do with trying to lower a fever), but to a group of people, with one eye on a post-war world, expoiting and extorting Jews during World War II who are desperate to survive.(The movie takes place after the Germans lose at Stalingrad but otherwise this is a more complicated occupation than normal.) By contrast, Leon tries to be principled in attempting to do the right thing but is hampered by his inexperience at reading other people's signals.