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|Originaltitel:||The Biggest Little Farm|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 91 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years]|
Molly and John Chester love life in the big city. But they love their dog Todd even more. And since he barks too loudly when his master and mistress are not at home, the landlord's notice of termination soon flutters into the house. Doing what? The couple makes a radical decision: they want to get away from the city and start their own farm in the country. It can't be that hard, can it? In the Californian hills an 80 hectare plot of land is soon found that could be turned into a paradise. But are optimism and dedication enough to get this project off the ground? For eight tough years, Molly and Todd Chester have to experience the difficulties of life in the country. But the two never lose sight of their goal of creating their own little paradise through organic farming.
The Emmy-winning filmmaker John Chester has captured the often stony path to fulfilling their dream with his camera. The result is the documentary "Our big little farm", which somewhat disenchants the dream of idyllic country life, but at the same time makes it very clear why it is still worth investing blood, sweat and tears - and of course a lot of money - in the fulfillment of this dream. The film shows that you often have to fight hard and learn to be able to do without in order to really change something. And it shows that nature cannot be manipulated by humans.
There is, of course, a certain idealism behind all this. But - and this is the sympathetic thing about this documentary - there is never any attempt to force it on the viewer in a convulsive way. You never get the feeling that the Chesters want to convey that their lifestyle is the only true one. Rather, they make it clear that you should not let setbacks and obstacles prevent you from pursuing your dreams. The fact that they are both a good example of how agriculture can function beyond mass production is a very positive side effect of their history...
Mal quite apart from the fact that it is really stirring, moving, inspiring and very entertaining. "Our big little farm" has everything that makes a good documentary: A relevant theme, sympathetic protagonists, great pictures and a stirring dramaturgy. All this leads to a very clear conclusion: Absolutely worth seeing!
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