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Bitter Harvest Reviews

Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting.

Is this a form of information warfare?  You betcha. Does Russia deserve this?  Uh huh. 

This film of Russian atrocities against the people of Ukraine needs to be told, must be shared, and deserves the widest dissemination. 

Russia systematically starved Ukrainians to death – by the millions.  Of course, Russia denies its role. Just as Russia denies invading and annexing parts of other countries today – especially Ukraine. 

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Reviews of the Bitter Harvest movie are very mixed. It gets very positive reviews for very good on site cinematography, and authenticity, as it was shot on location in Ukraine, making use of a historically accurate period village recreation. Equally so the depiction of culture and village life is rated as highly accurate.

Conversely, reviewers are very critical of both the script and the directing of the movie, rating it as very poor.

The movie in many ways falls into the same genre as Holocaust movies, depicting the lives of ordinary people in the middle of a massive genocide, but unlike many Holocaust movies, it aims to give the world a picture of the lives of the victims before their families and communities were destroyed, which is more the genre ofFiddler on the Roof, which successfully captured the Jewish Shtetl settlement culture before it was destroyed by Russian Tsarist ethnic cleansing.

None of the reviews mention whether the movie also shows the repopulation of the massacred villages with ethnic Russian transmigrants, which was recently highlighted by the Ukrainian government releasing declassified Soviet KGB records showing the planning and scheduling of the resettlement effort in Eastern Ukraine.

The movie is important as it is the first general release Hollywood production that addresses the Holodomor, and depicts a genocide on the scale of the Holocaust that the Soviets successfully kept hidden for decades. Also it provides the public, globally, with important education on Ukraine’s 20th century history and traditional rural culture. Put simply, it provides context to an audience who mostly only know about Ukraine from skewed, inaccurate or biased mass media reporting, much of it regurgitated Russian government propaganda.


BITTER HARVEST: New Feature Length Film about Russia’s genocide in Ukraine | The Huffington Post

Ukraine is a nation interrupted, its identity and promise stolen by predators for centuries. The predation continues today as Vladimir Putin’s…

‘Bitter Harvest’ Portrays the Secret Holocaust in Ukraine |

‘Bitter Harvest’ tells little-known story of Soviet atrocity – The Orange County Register

Not many people are familiar with the word “Holodomor.” Not in the same way that we’re familiar with the word “Holocaust.

Bitter Harvest: light shone on Ukrainian tragedy – BBC News

Les Mis star Samantha Barks, Game of Thrones’ Tamer Hassan and Tutankhamen’s Max Irons on why the story of Bitter Harvest had to be told.

Review: ‘Bitter Harvest’ reveals a Soviet atrocity

Film sheds new light on 1930s famine created by Joseph Stalin that killed millions in Ukraine

Samantha Barks: ‘I would Skype my grandma after harrowing scenes on Bitter Harvest’ | London Evening Standard

Samantha Barks says she turned to her grandmother for support as she filmed tough scenes for her latest movie, Bitter Harvest. The star, 26, plays Natalka, a young woman who battles for survival during Holodomor, the man-made famine which killed millions in Soviet Ukraine from 1932 to 1933. The film, directed by George Mendeluk, was shot in Ukraine. Barks said: “I was just getting weaker and weaker throughout the film.

‘Bitter Harvest’ Star Max Irons On The Business Of Following Your DreamHow Max Irons came to be an actor.

Ukrainian Genocide Film Better Suited for History Channel | Film Features | Cleveland Scene

Unlike last year’s Son of Saul, which told a specific story of the Holocaust in a gripping way &mdash; hand-held camera, over-the-shoulder close-up shots; each…

Review: BITTER HARVEST Is Bad Canadian Borscht

In between the two World Wars, the then nascent Soviet Union, in a barbarous act of mismanaged nation building, starved north of seven million Ukrainians to death, all the while violently appropriating the land and the crops from the 'bread…

Something went very wrong in the filming of the ambitious historical drama ‘Bitter Harvest’ | Movie Reviews & Stories | Orlando Weekly

Fruitless Harvest

‘Bitter Harvest’ Review | Hollywood Reporter

Max Irons and Samantha Barks star in ‘Bitter Harvest,’ George Mendeluk’s historical drama about Stalin’s forced starvation of Ukraine in the 1930s.

“Bitter Harvest” Romance in the Midst of a Nightmare – ACED Magazine

‘Bitter Harvest’ Review: Heavy Subject Gets a Meager Epic | Variety

A historical epic intended to draw attention to the Holodomor — or Soviet starvation of Ukraine in the 1930s — bogs down in failed romance.

Bitter Harvest review – timely but uneven Ukrainian famine drama | Film | The Guardian

Despite honourable intentions, this film addressing the Stalin-inflicted 1932-33 genocide in Ukraine is at times embarrassingly bad

‘Bitter Harvest’: Ukrainian famine is rendered as heavy-handed melodrama – The Washington Post

Tragedy becomes trite in this unsubtle telling of this historical tale.

Review: ‘Bitter Harvest’ Offers a Clunky Lesson in Ukrainian History – The New York Times

Prettily filmed yet parochial, this film follows two lovers through a mass starvation in the early 1930s.

‘Bitter Harvest’ review: Turning famine into cheesy Ukrainian war romance | The Seattle Times

This tepid television-movie-like tale focuses too narrowly on a pair of separated Ukrainian lovers while the Soviet Union’s 1930s invasion of their country is killing millions. Rating: 1.5 stars out of 4.

‘Bitter Harvest’ reduces Ukrainian starvation to soap opera | Chicago Sun-Times

“Bitter Harvest,” bless its low-budget heart, means well.