An isolated and conservative farming region in rural South Africa is the stronghold for Afrikaans white, minority culture, obsessed with strength and masculinity. In this world Janno exists - different, secretive and emotionally frail. One day his mother, who is fiercely religious, brings home Pieter, a hardened street orphan she wants to save. Janno is asked to make this stranger, his brother. The two boys begin a fight for power, heritage and parental love.

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Critic Reviews (5)

6.4
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Critical Consensus: Good.
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The Apologist Mag

20 May 2018
8.0
"Unerringly precise casting, meanwhile, ensure that the film’s milieu is as richly inhabited as it is written." ...
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Variety

15 May 2018
8.0
"There's brute beauty to spare in South African filmmaker Etienne Kallos' impressive debut, a stark, stately portrait of Afrikaner identity in crisis." ...
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Screen Daily

14 May 2018
7.0
"...while the character motivations are a little clouded in a muddy third act, this film will nonetheless register as an impressive calling card for director with a knack for understated intimacy." ...
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Hollywood Reporter

16 May 2018
7.0
"A slow-burning and increasingly suffocating variation on the myth of Cain and Abel, The Harvesters (Die Stropers) is the impressive feature debut from Greek-South African filmmaker Etienne Kallos... The taciturn nature of the story and the protagoni ...
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Cineuropa

15 May 2018
6.0
"The Harvesters has a real air of threatening austerity about it, enhanced by an excellent musical score, courtesy of Evgueni Galperine... But, the monolithic nature of the lead characters and the addition of a homosexual sub-theme to a plot which wa ...

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Cast:

Alex van Dyk, Juliana Venter, Brent Vermeulen, Morné Visser

Release Date(s):

May 14, 2018 (Cannes Film Festival, France)
May 25, 2018 (Paris, France) (premiere)
February 13, 2019 (France)

Executive Producer(s):

Annette Fausboll, Julien Favre, Jean-Alexandre Luciani, Lwazi Manzi

Cinematography:

Michal Englert

Screenplay:

Etienne Kallos

Editor:

Muriel Breton

Sound:

Thomas Robert, Leandros Ntounis, Jean-Guy Veran

Music:

Evgueni Galperine, Sacha Galperine

Production Company:

Cinémadefacto, Spier Films, Heretic, Lava Films, Bord Cadre Films

Distribution:

Pyramide Distribution

Language:

Afrikaans, English

Runtime:

102 minutes

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