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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.
"Farmland" often comes off like lobbyist propaganda, profusely extolling the virtues of the independent American farmer.
Beautiful imagery of vast landscapes fill the screen from the very beginning.
It is a refreshing look at a faraway lifestyle that embodies some overlooked American values.
After a bit of a slow start, Farmland finishes strong as it eventually transforms into a fascinating, emotional narrative with more layers than we might have expected.
Doesn't exercise a great deal of editorial discipline in crafting deep narrative through-lines, but steeped enough in feeling to provide a freshmen-level survey class on modern American agriculture.
The farmers interviewed in "Farmland" seem sincere, but the industry's backing raises some troubling credibility questions.
If the point of Farmland was to recruit people to the farming life, then it is most likely a success...But as anything more than a well-meaning cinematic brochure, it simply doesn't fly.
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