This is what a low budget documentary about a fascinating eccentric can be. Peter is a 68 year old man, a hard worker who runs an animal farm in rural Vermont seemingly all by himself. The film acquaints us with a lot of aspects of farm life, especially the grittier, bloodier ones, e.g. slaughtering and skinning sheep, working closely with animals, helping them with pregnancies and births, dealing with predators like coyotes. Peter is a dramatic figure and seems right at home on camera, but as the film progresses we see that the guy has some serious problems. For starters he is an alcoholic, and he has been abandoned by his spouse and kids, and he frequently does not seem quite right emotionally. The guy making the movie (Tony Stone, I think) appears to be a younger relative of Peter. I found myself thinking quite a bit about Peter and his farm - despite his appalling behavior he is a unique and talented individual.
Peter and the Farm
Peter and the Farm
Peter Dunning is the proud proprietor of Mile Hill Farm, which sits on 187 acres in Vermont. The land's 38 harvests have seen the arrivals and departures of three wives and four children, leaving Peter with only animals and memories. The arrival of a film crew causes him to confront his history and his legacy, passing along hard-won agricultural wisdom even as he doubts the meaning of the work he is fated to perform until death. Haunted by alcoholism and regret, Peter veers between elation and despair, often suggesting to the filmmakers his own suicide as a narrative device. He is a tragedian on a stage it has taken him most of his life to build, and which now threatens to collapse from under him. At once a postcard from paradise and a cautionary tale for our times, Peter and The Farm sifts through the potential energy of a human life, that which is used and that which is squandered. —Official site
Uploaded By: FREEMAN
July 24, 2021 at 06:20 AM