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Bitter Harvest (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Bitter Harvest lives down to its title with a clichéd wartime romance whose clumsy melodrama dishonors the victims of the real-life horrors it uses as a backdrop.

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Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th Century, BITTER HARVEST is a powerful story of love, honor, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin's genocidal policies against Ukraine in the 1930s. As Stalin advances the ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union, 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 which 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. Filmed on location in Ukraine, this epic love story brings to light one of the most devastating chapters of modern Europe. The stellar cast also includes Barry Pepper, Tamer Hassan and Terence Stamp. Director George Mendeluk co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Bachynsky-Hoover based on Bachynsky-Hoover's original story . The film is produced by Ian Ihnatowycz, Stuart Baird, George Mendeluk, Chad Barager and Jaye Gazeley. Dennis Davidson, Peter D. Graves and William J. Immerman serve as executive producers. Richard Bachynsky-Hoover is executive producer (Ukraine). Roadside Attractions will release the film in the U.S. on February 24, 2017.

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Cast

Barry Pepper
as Yaroslav
Denis Tarasov
as Young Yuri
Veronika Bratusina
as Young Natalka
Timothy Charles
as Gregory Zinoziev
William Key
as Lev Kamenev
Richard Ashton
as Father Ostapovich
Ostap Stupka
as Ihor Boyko
Rob Mitchell-James
as Nikolao Bukharin
Paul Hickey
as Lazar Kaganovich
Nastya Kotash
as Vlodio's Daughter #2
Arina Kotash
as Vlodio's Daughter #1
Dylan Williams
as Man On Train
Vita Smachelyuk
as Starving Woman at Train Station
Vitaliy Saliy
as Conductor #1
Terry Victor
as Vorshilov
Edward Akrout
as Professor Temchuk
Evgeniy Papernyy
as Conductor #2
Michael Jenn
as Professor Malishnikov
Olena Chernova
as Young Communist
Oles Katsion
as Soviet Officer
Svetlana Orlichenko
as Sergei's Mother
Jack Hollington
as Young Lubko
Rod Hunt
as Anton
Vladimir Gordeev
as Grave Digger #1
Alexandr Tarasevich
as Grave Digger #2
Jane Thorne
as Gaunt Old Woman
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This is a story of villainous oppression, unfortunately told with oppressive earnestness.

March 3, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Almost inevitably, approaching the Holodomor via a standard-length dramatic feature risks reducing the cataclysm's enormity to a trivializing size and emotional impact.

February 24, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This is a shameful piece of history that deserves a far better film.

February 24, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

While "Bitter Harvest" will undoubtedly serve to raise awareness, there can be no doubt that the events deserve a more compelling and responsible treatment than this.

February 23, 2017 | Full Review…

The millions who died during this real-life tragedy deserve a stronger memorial than this one.

February 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Given the scope of the early-1930s atrocity, the most shocking thing about director George Mendeluk's new dramatization is how utterly devoid of emotional impact it is.

February 23, 2017 | Full Review…

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