Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry


Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry (2017)


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LOOK & SEE revolves around the divergent stories of several residents of Henry County, Kentucky who each face difficult choices that will dramatically reshape their relationship with the land and their community. In 1965, Wendell Berry returned home to Henry County, where he bought a small farm house and began a life of farming, writing and teaching. This lifelong relationship with the land and community would come to form the core of his prolific writings. A half century later Henry County, like many rural communities across America, has become a place of quiet ideological struggle. In the span of a generation, the agrarian virtues of simplicity, land stewardship, sustainable farming, local economies and rootedness to place have been replaced by a capital-intensive model of industrial agriculture characterized by machine labor, chemical fertilizers, soil erosion and debt--all of which have frayed the fabric of rural communities. Writing from a long wooden desk beneath a forty-paned window, Berry has watched this struggle unfold, becoming one its most passionate and eloquent voices in defense of agrarian life. Filmed across four seasons in the farming cycle, THE SEER blends observational scenes of farming life, interviews with farmers and community members with evocative, carefully framed shots of the surrounding landscape. Thus, in the spirit of Berry's agrarian philosophy, Henry County itself will emerge as a character in the film--a place and a landscape that is deeply interdependent with the people that inhabit it.


Critic Reviews for Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Dunn's version of this story isn't new, but it has the added resonance of Berry's affable drawl narrating choice verses or answering Dunn's questions over lovingly edited footage of his home and neighboring farmlands.

Aug 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Encompasses two different films, and neither one of them is, in fact, a portrait of the poet/novelist/farmer/activist Wendell Berry. Neither one of them, despite sincere intentions, is very good.

Jun 30, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's a pleasure to spend 80 minutes in Mr. Berry's company.

Jun 29, 2017 | Full Review…

In a world in which I couldn't buy Berry's New Collected Poems, I might make an effort to see this again someday, with my eyes shut.

Jun 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the filmmaker is hard-pressed to find a new perspective for this all-too-familiar story.

Jun 20, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This film is as dry as a Kansas prairie.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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