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Angry Harvest (1985)

Bittere Ernte (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance, War | March 1986 (USA)
In the winter of 1942-43, a Jewish family leaps from a train going through Silesia. They are separated in the woods, and Leon, a local peasant who's now a farmer of some wealth, discovers ... See full summary »

Director:

Agnieszka Holland

Writers:

Hermann H. Field (novel), Stanislaw Mierzenski (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Leon Wolny
Elisabeth Trissenaar ... Rosa Eckart
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Cybulkowski
Gerd Baltus Gerd Baltus ... Geistlicher
Anita Höfer ... Pauline
Hans Beerhenke Hans Beerhenke ... Kaspar
Käte Jaenicke Käte Jaenicke ... Anna
Isa Haller Isa Haller ... Magda / Zosia
Margit Carstensen ... Eugenia
Kurt Raab ... Maslanka
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Klaus Abramowsky Klaus Abramowsky ... Herr Rubin
Wolf Donner Wolf Donner ... Walden
Malgorzata Gebel ... Frau Rubin
Heidi Joschko Heidi Joschko ... Alte Frau
Tilly Lauenstein Tilly Lauenstein ... Frau Kaminska
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In the winter of 1942-43, a Jewish family leaps from a train going through Silesia. They are separated in the woods, and Leon, a local peasant who's now a farmer of some wealth, discovers the woman, Rosa, and hides her in his cellar. Leon's a middle-aged Catholic bachelor, tormented by his sexual drive. He doesn't tell Rosa he's seen signs her husband is alive, and he begs her to love him. Rosa offers herself to Leon if he'll help a local Jew in hiding who needs money. Leon pays, and love between Rosa and him does develop, but then Leon's peasant subservience and his limited empathy lead to tragedy. At the war's end, a ray of sunshine comes from an unexpected place. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angry Harvest See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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A Different Sort of War Story
20 May 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

In the winter of 1942-43, a Jewish family leaps from a train going through Silesia. They are separated in the woods, and Leon, a local peasant who's now a farmer of some wealth, discovers the woman, Rosa, and hides her in his cellar.

What makes this film memorable is how it approaches the World War II era differently from many other films. We have a Jewish family, but there is not really a focus on the Holocaust or even really on the Nazis. We know they are in the background, but not the focus.

There is much that could be discussed about the primary relationship -- is it natural, is it forced? Is there maybe even a bit of Stockholm Syndrome going on there? Is the man a hero, a villain, both... or neither? Does he know what he does is wrong?


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