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It plays like a film version of a long feature article that you begin reading in The New Yorker because it sounds so fascinating, only to abandon it halfway through when you realize that it doesn't really have that much to say after all.
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.
Ultimately, it is hopeful in its depiction of the creativity that helped Peterson -- who also wrote and speaks the film's somewhat flowery narration -- rebound from the farm crisis that had him over a barrel.
At times, the film plays like an extended infomercial for John's new company, Angelic Organics, but the agrarian fantasy is so compelling here that the revitalization of the American family farm begins to seem not just possible, but probable.
By the end, "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" has been an epic journey of one man who has already been faced with enough hardships that it looks like he has nothing to worry about for the rest of his life.