On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.
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
A charming film in many ways, all attested to here and elsewhere. But, I'm surprised by the absence of criticism of its frequently oversentimental tone, overwrought music track, anthropomorphic story lines, and animation that would be at home in an elementary schoolroom. In truth, this would be a good documentary to show elementary school kids. For the rest of us, might it actually weaken the truth of a documentary to have wall-to wall music triggering every response like fiction film? And how many close-ups of Todd the Dog's milky eyes can you tolerate before questioning the technique? How many dewey drone shots can you see before feeling that what we're seeing is a bit unreal... sometimes looking more like a cereal commercial, than something rooted in truth?
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