Throughout this slow-paced movie--in between trying to keep myself from nodding off--I witnessed acting that a community college production of "Our Town" could put to shame.
"Harvest" is a nuanced look at the complexity of a changing family. Each member of the clan has their own quirks and conflicts, that they must confront when they all get together for the passing of the family's patriarch--a World War II veteran.
It's also a coming-of-age story of a young man straddling the line between his family's past, and his own looming adulthood.
What this movie was lacking, however, was not a story that many families could relate to, but dialogue and acting that fell short of the intensity of real life. There were several scenes in the movie in which the script obviously had characters interrupting each other, with the actors visibly pausing to be interrupted as if waiting for their fellow character to say their next line.
Beyond that, what I did enjoy was the accurate portrayal of a loved one's death. When the family patriarch (played by Robert Loggia) dies from pancreatic cancer at the end of the film, surrounded by a loving family, wrapped in blankets while in bed, and in the sole presence of the youngest member of the family (played by Jack Carpenter), it evokes striking memories for people who've been through similar situations with their own loved-ones.
"Harvest" is ultimately an inspiring movie about life and family, but fails to fully capture the drama of humanity.
Two Stars Out of Five
Rated R for language, including a brief sexual reference. Running Time: 102 minutes