The Harvesters

The Harvesters

(Die Stropers)

A boy finds himself in a battle for superiority and his parents' love when they adopt a street orphan in Etienne Kallos's feature debut.... More

"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 make this stranger into his brother. The two boys start a fight for power, heritage and parental love." (Cannes Film Festival)Hide

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  • 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. Full Review

  • Although austere and restrained in its approach, this assured feature debut effectively hints at a churning savagery beneath the surface, which is every bit as unforgiving as the stark landscape. 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. Full Review

  • The themes of toxic masculinity and societal roles start strong, and lead actor Brent Vermeulen is hypnotically good - but the film's power is slightly diluted by its muddled narrative. Full Review

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