The stuff we all deal with, in movie form


on May 06, 2011 by Tim Cogshell

Harvest is a family drama about three generations gathered for what will likely be the last summer of the family patriarch played by Robert Loggia. Drama is perhaps too strong a word, there's plenty of yelling and all the old wounds of family are picked and poked, but there's nothing particularly weepy about Harvest, it's even occasionally funny. It's a film about the ordinary things we all go through eventually, and we see these events channeled through one perspective or another. It's not a fun filled family romp, but it's not a downer either. It's a movie about a life, and life can be kinda funny and kinda poignant, even when it's full of ordinary things, like age, sickness and loss. Despite its resonance with reality, not many people will want to pay full price to see a future they'll eventually experience anyway, firsthand.

It gives away little to say it's definitely the old man's last summer. Siv, 85 (Loggia), has cancer and his wife (played by veteran actress Barbara Barrie) is suffering from Alzheimer's. She doesn't remember Siv or know he's dying; it's a welcome irony. Most of the weight of these circumstances falls onto their daughter, Anna (Victoria Clark), a divorced single mother who lives with the parents. Anna's brother Benny (Arye Gross) is a he's a quirk who never married. Another kid to be cared for, he also lives with the family and is mostly concerned about the Will. Anna's son Josh (Jack Carpenter) joins the group and, like all teenagers, would rather be anywhere else. There's also an estranged brother and a number of other issues, none of which are particularly unique or even important.

Harvest is about exactly what the title implies: the collecting of things to their proper time and place with great care and little fanfare.

Cast: Robert Loggia, Jack Carpenter, Arye Gross, Victoria Clark, Peter Freidman and Barbara Barrie
Director/Screenwriter: Marc Meyers
Producers: Jody Girgenti and Marc Meyers
Genre: Family Drama
Rating: R for language and a brief sexual reference.
Running Time: 103 min.
Release date: May 6 ltd.


Tags: Robert Loggia, Jack Carpenter, Arye Gross, Victoria Clark, Peter Freidman, Barbara Barrie, Marc Meyers, Jody Girgenti

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