The Real Dirt on Farmer John (2007)
Critic Consensus: Ostensibly a bio about an eccentric farmer, The Real Dirt on Farmer John also doubles as a stirring exploration of man's common struggle with loss and prejudice.
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Critic Reviews for The Real Dirt on Farmer John
It's fascinating that this portrait of the rise, fall and rise of Midwestern organic farmer John Peterson can be read in so many different ways, only some of which appear intentionally in Taggart Siegel's sympathetic documentary.
Of interest even to those not particularly interested in the subject of farming.
A beguiling combination of agrarian ode and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, deepened by Peterson's square sincerity as he struggles to find himself in relation to his family's land.
The Real Dirt on Farmer John turns into a portrait of how American family farming could blossom for a new century.
Audience Reviews for The Real Dirt on Farmer John
I think it is quite telling that a progressive farmer albeit one who is a bit eccentric is targeted instead of embraced. A lesson in how society deals with new ideas in a not so positive manner.
What is old is new and if this planet is to recuperate from it's "sanity slumber" the younger generation must be taught that the easy, fast way is not always the best way! Mother nature is truly not to be messed with and once some people learn it will be too late. See this wonderful film about a great American family that comes equipped with all the crazy idiosyncrasies that all families have. In this case these quirks only make the real story and goal of this great documentary more fun to discover. See it please and let the little ones join in. They are the future. Ken K,
I believe this is a real American movie describing a good America. John's attachment to the land and firming somehow made me connected to him. Maybe his honesty and naiveness were transparently portraied along with all the surrounding typical American raping and ruining his life and reputation.
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