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Critic Reviews for Farmland
A film that plays more like a feature-length advertisement than like a documentary. You keep expecting the camera to zoom in on a packet of bacon or a box of cereal.
Farmland lets the farmers tell their stories, but doesn't see fit to shape them into anything resembling a coherent statement or narrative.
Perhaps if Moll offered less of the static sit-down interviews and more fly-on-the-grain vérité, viewers might feel some new, intimate connection between the farmers and the nourishment that unites us.
Though the perspective of farmers is well worth examining, this good-looking 77 minutes of propaganda is heavy on sugar-coating and light on nutritional value.
Some of the human-interest stories are compelling, but too much of this film is as dry as a high school classroom presentation.
Audience Reviews for Farmland
Farmland is directed by James Moll, and it's a documentary about the farmer's lifestyle of how they work, and how they come across to what they actually are. I come across this in a Agriculture class in high school, and watched it for 2 school days, which honestly wasn't that bad since I had no interest in farming. It's interesting to see what the farmers actually do instead of what we usually think that may seem like a stereotype or not. The people they put in for interviews are interesting as they know about the hard work that they do, but they don't care about it as they usually get the job done. The thing with documentary films, is that they can try to be long and be interesting, and that's fine, but it can also exceed its grasp and start to lose the viewers. This however, is no exception as the last 10 or 15 minutes were starting to bore me, and I wanted it to end. As far as farming documentary films go, this is probably as interesting as it can get from me, and I managed to really like it.
Farmland is a great overview of American farming. It is not meant to go into great detail about each individual farmer. It is more to get a overview of what farming can be like and why we need more trust in the American Farmer. This film shows different perspective both animal ag and crop ag and also showcasing both conventional and organic farming. If you are interested in seeing a overview of the different types of farming and what farmers go through this is the documentary to see.
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