Peter and the Farm (2016)


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Peter Dunning is the proud proprietor of Mile Hill Farm, which sits on 187 acres in Vermont. The land's 38 harvests have seen the arrivals and departures of three wives and four children, leaving Peter with only animals and memories. The arrival of a film crew causes him to confront his history and his legacy, passing along hard-won agricultural wisdom even as he doubts the meaning of the work he is fated to perform until death. Haunted by alcoholism and regret, Peter veers between elation and despair, often suggesting to the filmmakers his own suicide as a narrative device. He is a tragedian on a stage it has taken him most of his life to build, and which now threatens to collapse from under him. At once a postcard from paradise and a cautionary tale for our times, Peter and The Farm sifts through the potential energy of a human life, that which is used and that which is squandered.

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

The farm is hardly thriving, but it yields a bumper crop of despair.

Jan 19, 2017 | Full Review…

As character studies go, it has a peculiar pull as a reflective one-man show.

Nov 17, 2016 | Full Review…

Peter and the Farm works harder than most films to get at the truth of what has happened to its anti-hero.

Nov 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Manages to harvest not just understanding of one peculiar, broken little man, but a broader wisdom about the cycle of seasons that we all must endure on this planet.

Nov 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Peter and the Farm is all about the coexistence of beautiful environs and grim realities.

Nov 4, 2016 | Full Review…

A wooly meditation on mortality, a movie about a man who sees his farm as an extension of his body and a reflection of his soul.

Nov 4, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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