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The languid pace effectively communicates the characters' crushing boredom, yet the dramatic interest never flags.
While the climax of Beneath the Harvest Sky is a jumble of crosscutting, thunderstorms, and an inconveniently collapsing house, the movie never loses the pulse of people and tragedies it knows too well.
For all its missteps, the film feels authentic. Through thick and thin, it stubbornly maintains a thorny integrity.
Directors Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly are documentarians making their fiction debut, and they pack the movie with seemingly authentic, nitty-gritty details about life in the potato country of far northern Maine.
Teenagers in a dead-end town aren't exactly a trailblazing topic.
Gaudet and Pullapilly have a background in documentaries, and there's a convincing naturalism to their storytelling.
While we're never surprised at the outcomes, we're satisfied because few if any notes ring false.
The performances in "Beneath the Harvest Sky" are better than the movie itself, an exceedingly derivative teen melodrama that too often loses focus and meanders off on lugubrious tangents with its criminal subplots.
A story that unfolds nearly as slowly as the potatoes ripen in the fields, the charismatic performances of the two young leads make all the difference.
Casper and Dominic are modern everymen -- theirs are not at all unique experiences, which is why their story resounds so loudly.
Beneath the Harvest Sky never finds a proper balance between its two halves. They never cohere properly, and the results pitch and lurch rather than harmonize.
An authentic representation of teenage angst. Beneath the Harvest Sky offers a genuine view of what it's like to grow up in rural poverty.
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