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The Biggest Little Farm (2018)

PG | | Documentary | 10 May 2019 (USA)
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Documentarian John Chester and his wife Molly work to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles.

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Chester ... Himself
Molly Chester Molly Chester ... Herself
Matthew Pilachowski Matthew Pilachowski ... Singing Wedding Guest
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A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County, naively endeavoring to build one of the most diverse farms of its kind in complete coexistence with nature. The land they've chosen, however, is utterly depleted of nutrients and suffering from a brutal drought. The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek, planting 10,000 orchard trees and over 200 different crops, and bringing in animals of every kind- including an unforgettable pig named Emma and her best friend, Greasy the rooster. When the farm's ecosystem finally begins to reawaken, so does the Chesters' hope - but as ... Written by NEON

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Biggest Little Farm See more »

Filming Locations:

Reno, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,492, 12 May 2019

Gross USA:

$4,366,949

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,112,058
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2.35 : 1
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John Chester: This all started with a promise that we would leave the big city and build a life in perfect harmony with nature.
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Sun, Flood, or Drought
Written by Scott Avett and Seth Avett
Performed by The Avett Brothers
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Oddly relaxing....seriously.
2 September 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

My daughter saw this film at the Philadelphia Film Festival and has been telling me for months that I MUST see "The Biggest Little Farm". Well, the documentary somehow got excellent distribution and I had a chance to see it in the theater just before its release to DVD (which is later this week).

The film is about an unusual farm near Los Angeles. What makes it unusual (apart from being so close to LA) is that instead of a monoculture, the farm takes a more holistic approach to farming. So, instead of one huge crop of almonds or citrus (pretty typical of this area), the farm grows many, many different things and tries to do them using older techniques which are better for the environment. The story takes place over a period of about 8-9 years.

While on the surface this story sounds VERY dull, it's amazing that it isn't. The filmmakers were able to tell a captivating story and did it very well for many reasons. Humanizing the story helped but what really helped was the lovely cinematography and music....and it helped to make the movie very relaxing and sweet. I highly recommend this film.


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