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The Harvest (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 10 April 2015 (USA)
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A couple who keeps their sick son in a secluded environment find their controlled lives challenged by a young girl who moves in next door.

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The girl Maryann has just moved to the house of her Grandfather and Grandmother in the countryside after losing her parents. She is lonely and misses her former friends and decides to wander around the area. She finds the secluded boy Andy, who lives alone with his mother, the surgeon Dr. Katherine Young, and his father, the nurse Richard Young, in an isolated house. They immediately befriend each other and she enters in his room through the window to play video-game with him since Andy depends on a wheelchair to locomote. On the next day, Maryann visits her new friend again and Richard let her in to play with Andy. On the next day, Katherine does not allow Maryann to visit her son and she goes to the house of her grandparents to forbid Maryann to visit her son. However Maryann insists on visiting Andy when his parents are absent; out of the blue, they return and Maryann is trapped inside the house. She goes to the basement expecting to find a way out and stumbles with a dark secret. ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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First the Fall, then The Harvest.


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When Katherine races into to the burning basement, part of the ceiling collapses upon her. This mirrors a real event where part of the ceiling at Samantha Morton's London home collapsed on her. See more »

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The Harvest
21 September 2016 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

After making one of the most disturbing horror films I have ever seen (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), director John McNaughton focused his attention on other genres, making some competent movies such as Wild Things and Mad Dog and Glory, even though they were all far from the greatness of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. The Harvest, his most recent film, is an excellent thriller of a low profile but high impact, and, in my humble opinion, it's his second best movie so far. It's not convenient to know too much about The Harvest before watching it, in order to preserve its ingenious surprises. The first half of the film is an emotive and honest "coming of age" tale about two very isolated teenagers (one of them, physically, and the other one, emotionally) who start to recover thanks to the innocent connection they develop with each other. And then, we have the unexpected revelation which places the friendship between the teenagers into a more disturbing context, and from there on, screenwriter Stephen Lancellotti "tightens the screws" of the tension until reaching a very satisfactory ending which is simultaneously sad and optimistic. I also have to mention the fact that The Harvest isn't a horror film, despite having been promoted like that in some websites. Its screenplay doesn't rely on supernatural elements to create suspense; on the opposite its semi-scientific and highly pragmatic tone invites us to question the extremes we could reach under a similar situation, and that's the mark of a brilliant psychological thriller which knows how to get into our minds. Michael Shannon (who keeps amazing me in every movie I see him in) and Samantha Morton bring passion and total credibility in their characters, while the young actors Charlie Tahan and Natasha Calis also make an excellent work, displaying absolute naturalness in their roles. And we also have McNaughton's firm hand behind the cameras, keeping the narrative in control with elegant simplicity and quite an emotional effect; I guess he will never be famous because he doesn't have a distinctive visual style or an affected aesthetic eccentricity, but his solid work over the decades reveals genuine talent and artistic consistency... pity that those aren't among the main attributes searched by Hollywood nowadays. So, The Harvest is a film whose intimate drama is as fascinating as the eventual revelations of something more sinister, and I enthusiastically recommend it because of its ingenious screenplay, excellent performances, perfect direction and the dynamic between the characters.


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