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Bitter Harvest

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

A clunky romantic drama set during the Ukrainian famine in the 1930s

If you’ve ever thought to yourself ‘Making a film: how hard can it be?’, then watch this awkward and inauthentic romance, in which a solid cast of mostly British actors give shaky performances as Ukrainians (not speaking with heavy accents, small mercies). It’s set in the early 1930s, during the Holodomor (or ‘death by hunger’), when Stalin crushed the Ukrainian people with mass starvation that left millions dead.

Max Irons plays a gifted young painter separated from his childhood sweetheart (Samantha Barks) after leaving the family farm to work in a factory in the capital Kiev. They play their parts earnestly as the movie lumbers on, but this forgotten chapter of history deserves to be better told.

Written by
Cath Clarke

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 24 February 2017
  • Duration:103 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:George Mendeluk
  • Cast:
    • Max Irons
    • Terence Stamp
    • Barry Pepper
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