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Faith Like Potatoes (2006)

Frank Rautenbach leads a strong cast as Angus Buchan, a Zambian farmer of Scottish heritage, who leaves his farm in the midst of political unrest and racially charged land reclaims and ... See full summary »

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Angus Buchan
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Jill Buchan (as Jeanne Wilhelm)
Hamilton Dlamini ...
Simeon Bhengu
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Joanne Buchan
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Fergus Buchan
Regardt van den Bergh ...
Reverend
Anton Treurnich ...
Steyn
Morné Theunissen ...
John
Rochelle Buchan ...
Morag
Casper Badenhorst ...
Koos
Matthew Dylan Roberts ...
Percy (as Matthew Roberts)
Christopher Bartels ...
Andrew
Jessica Odendaal ...
Lindi
Jacquie Minnaar ...
Robyn
Joshua Cope ...
Baby Fergi / Baby Jilly
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Frank Rautenbach leads a strong cast as Angus Buchan, a Zambian farmer of Scottish heritage, who leaves his farm in the midst of political unrest and racially charged land reclaims and travels south with his family to start a better life in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. With nothing more than a caravan on a patch of land, and help from his foreman, Simeon Bhengu, the Buchan family struggle to settle in a new country. Faced with ever mounting challenges, hardships and personal turmoil, Angus quickly spirals down into a life consumed by anger, fear and destruction. Based on the inspiring true story by Angus Buchan the book was adapted for the big screen by Regardt van den Bergh and weaves together the moving life journey of a man who, like his potatoes, grows his faith, unseen until the harvest. Written by Frans Cronje

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Rated PG for some thematic material, an accident scene, mild language, and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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27 October 2006 (South Africa)  »

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ZAR 10,000,000 (estimated)
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Angus Buchan: The condition for a miracle is difficulty, however the condition for a great miracle is not difficulty, but impossibility.
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Followed by God's Farmer (2006) See more »

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Exotic, heart wrenching, drama. Faithbuilding.
23 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

The movie "Faith Like Potatoes" was excellent on several levels. First, the story itself, while heart wrenching, was inspiring. Remember the movie "Chariots of Fire"? Well, "Faith Like Potatoes" is about 10 times more evangelistic, 100 times more heart wrenching, and every bit as inspiring. Some will find the clear presentation of the gospel to be a turnoff. But others will appreciate the unflinching presentation of characters who have obvious flaws and struggles- especially struggles with faith in God.

Secondly, "Faith Like Potatoes" is about South Africans and it was made by South Africans. The sometimes uncomfortable tensions between racial groups in South Africa are not glossed over. But neither are they a focus of the movie. This is just everyday life in South Africa. The tensions in the backdrop of the movie enhance and even explain the drama as it unfolds.

Thirdly, the photography in "Faith Like Potatoes" was wonderful. The cinematography took full advantage of the fact that the setting lends itself quite naturally to stunning vistas and beautifully rugged terrain.

So why give the film an 8 rather than a 10? Two reasons: There were some scenes where the supporting actors were a bit flat and there were a few times when the plot did not flow smoothly (or quite make sense). But overall, this was an excellent film.

I compared "Faith Like Potatoes" to the movie "Chariots of Fire" because they have a similar use of words. I.e. they both use words very sparingly. They attempted to SHOW faith at work in someone's life rather than tell about it. And I think they succeeded.


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