The Harvesters

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South Africa, Free State region, isolated stronghold to the Afrikaans white ethnic minority culture. In this conservative farming territory obsessed with strength and masculinity, Janno is different, secretive, emotionally frail. One day his mother, fiercely religious, brings home Pieter, a hardened street orphan she wants to save, and asks Janno to makes this stranger into his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage and parental love. An official selection of Cannes Un Certain Regard, Etienne Kallos' debut feature film explores teenage angst and family dynamics set against a harsh yet stunning South African backdrop.


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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (1)

  • A slow-burning and increasingly suffocating variation on the myth of Cain and Abel, The Harvesters (Die Stropers) is the impressive feature debut from Greek-South African filmmaker Etienne Kallos.

    May 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This sternly moving, vividly shot rural drama draws quasi-Biblical resonance from its tale of teenage foster brothers locked in a familial and cultural power struggle on a remote farmstead.

    May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

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  • It's a film with uncomfortable weight, one that slowly but surely crushes you in the way any society presses on those who don't fit in.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "The Harvesters" is an unsettling feature at times, but also intensely atmospheric.

    Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • One of the best measures of a film is its resonance, its ability to stick with you long after you have left the theater or turned off your screen. By that measure, The Harvesters is a resounding success.

    Apr 22, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • Though it left me impressed by the cinematography, acting and score, I felt that ending it so vaguely was an opportunity los

    Apr 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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