Frontline: Season 16, Episode 12

The Farmer's Wife (21 Sep. 1998)

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"The Farmer's Wife" takes us deep inside the world of Juanita and Darrel Buschkoetter, a remarkable young Nebraska farm couple, to tell a compelling love story. It follows the Buschkoetters... See full summary »

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"The Farmer's Wife" takes us deep inside the world of Juanita and Darrel Buschkoetter, a remarkable young Nebraska farm couple, to tell a compelling love story. It follows the Buschkoetters over three years as they face seemingly insurmountable economic hardship, only to confront an even greater challenge: repairing their damaged marriage. What emerges is an epic story of faith, perseverance, and triumph, and an indelible portrait of a real American family's struggle to hold onto their dreams, and to each other. Written by Anonymous

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A remarkably candid view of a farm family in the 1990's
5 February 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a detailed study of the pressures and passions of a farmer's family struggle to survive in Nebraska. The almost invisible camara focuses on the emotional relationships as much as the economic pressures.

Because the film was shot as a documentary it runs for nearly 6 hours, but it captures subtleties that make it worth every viewing minute. How could the family members share such intimate moments? How could anyone trust a filmmaker enough to let them get this close?

I got the sense that the Juanita and Daryl Buschkoetter deliberately portrayed (and perhaps sanitized) their relationships with thier kids and and their church. The relationships with creditors, parents and each other seemed completely candid.

This is David Sutherland's best work and it is among the best documentaries of the last 20 years.

(It deserves at least 9 or 9.5 on a 10 point scale)


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