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About the Film
Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th Century, "Bitter Harvest" is a powerful story of love, honor, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin’s genocidal policies against Ukraine in the 1930s. As Stalin advances the ambitions of the burgeoning Soviet Union, a young artist named Yuri (Max Irons) battles to survive famine, imprisonment and torture to save his childhood sweetheart Natalka (Samantha Barks) from the “Holodomor,” the death-by-starvation program which ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians. Against this tragic backdrop, Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and joins the anti-Bolshevik resistance movement as he battles to reunite with Natalka and continue the fight for a free Ukraine.
Contender for worst film ever made
Not one single redeeming feature in a film that turns one of the darkest chapters of 20th century history into a tawdry, poorly acted, abominably acted romance- almost laughbly appalling were it not for the tragedy of the subject matter. Ingesting and then passing 10 £1 coins would be a far more rewarding and enjoyable use of your time and money.
A nearly forgotten story
Well worth a watch! Based on real life events in USSR Ukraine, a story worth learning about. Storyline is in parts a bit slow, but presents new insights into the complex world pre-WWII.