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Vanished Acres (2006)

 -  Short | Drama | Fantasy  -  4 August 2006 (USA)
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An old farmer discovers that his deceased wife had an affair with his scarecrow, revealing a haunted past.

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Jerod Grot
Matthew Solari ...
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Timothy Henning ...
Tom Blanchett (as Tim Henning)
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Jerod Grot's once-prosperous farm is now a twisted shadow of its former self. With his land overrun by crows and a scarecrow with a mind of its own, Jerod is forced to seek solace in the fading happy memories of his past. Each day is as the next. But today, Jerod finds a lost love letter from his deceased wife. The letter is not to him, but rather to his scarecrow. With his world turned upside down, Jerod is met with many more memories - dark and unpleasant ones which he chose to ignore. As he confronts the scarecrow about the letter, these buried secrets begin to surface, shattering the uneasy peace that once existed on this haunted land, and forcing him to face his past as it truly was. Written by Adam Bolt

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The J-pop video that Jerod watches was created by director Adam Bolt just for the film. There is also a complete version of the music video, called 'Shock', available online. See more »

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Indie Gold in Vanished Acres
29 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So what is left when you are completely disillusioned with Netflix, the latest TV series, and the movies in the theaters? Find your local independent filmmakers and beg to see what they have got to show for their months (or in some cases years) of near-starvation and bad credit.

Like Adam Bolt's short film "Vanished Acres." From the opening credits I was, for one of the first times in recent memory, transfixed and speechless. This film speaks with an artistic voice and visual poetry that hold captive the viewer on an emotional level that is almost uncomfortably close. With precision of timing and splendidly fresh visual arrangement, "Vanished Acres" makes accessible and familiar to the viewer a neglected farmhouse and its unlikely mix of tenants, never letting the audience feel like an insider peeking into another world. We are there. We feel the despair of the rundown house, the ominous warning of the horn worm, the loss of those days of youth so far gone, so far across the world. The music comes in, like a faint and distant memory long forgotten, but tickling something we should be remembering, and regretting that we don't. The fun J-Pop video cut into the bleak existence of Jerod Grot should tip off the viewer that the world is about to upset in a most unpredictable way, the ground never again becoming stable beneath our feet. Jerod's confrontation with his nemesis can carry interpretations on so many levels, but even at face value serve the film in a remarkable way. The exchange is relentless and tragic, exposing truths that cut deeper than we can imagine surviving. And yet, we do, though forever changed. If the film has a weakness, it is the physical mannerisms accompanying Jerod's reaction to Caroline's lost letter. However, the honesty of his loss of control in the bedroom scene makes up for any deficiencies earlier on. When both morning light and the light of the consequences of Jerod's actions come to the farm, the film wraps in what could be the only satisfying way. Adam Bolt's stunning storytelling shines through "Vanished Acres," and leaves me anxious to see what else this guy can do.


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