The Biggest Little Farm
A city couple returns to the land.
Documentaries about the damage humans are doing to the planet can be downers, said Peter Debruge in Variety. “That’s what makes The Biggest Little Farm feel like fresh air for the soul.” An uplifting movie, it tells how a Los Angeles husband and wife—one of them a filmmaker—left the city to start a sustainable farm on 200 nutrient-depleted acres. Though John and Molly Chester initially know little about farming, “their ignorance proves to be an asset to the film,” which can serve as either a learning tool for kids or “a back-to-nature fantasy” for adults. Nature, of course, sprang some surprises on the Chesters, said Eric Kohn in IndieWire.com. Their utopia is beset by coyotes and a snail infestation—not to mention wildfires and a crippling drought. The cinematography grows more ambitious with each new development, until we’re watching time-lapse footage “as profoundly moving as anything on Planet Earth.” Still, the movie is “too breezy” to be profound, too quick to brush past the couple’s challenges, said Christian Gallichio in ThePlaylist.net. The real star, in fact, is an adorable pig named Emma. “Constantly overweight and pregnant, she brings levity to the whole situation.” ■