FAITH LIKE POTATOES
Gripping, Inspired Drama
Release Date: April 07, 2011
Starring: Frank Rautenbach, Hamilton
Dhlamini and Jeanne Wilhelm
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 116 minutes
Distributor: Sony Provident/Sony Pictures
Director: Regardt van den Bergh
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Frans Cronje
Writer: Regardt van den Bergh
Address Comments To:Michael Lynton, Chairman/CEO
Amy Pascal, Chairman - Motion Picture Group
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Based on a true story, the movie focuses on Angus Buckan, a white farmer in Zambia. Zambia is falling apart. Farmers are getting killed, and the Africans are rioting. Angus is a stubborn, well-off farmer who mercilessly beats his black workers when they don’t do the right thing. In the middle of the town on edge, he gets out of his car to beat up on a black driver who almost caused an accident. The sense of jeopardy is palpable.
Angus finally realizes he has to leave and move to South Africa, leaving behind a beautiful farm and a luxurious lifestyle. When he gets to South Africa, the racial situation is not much better. Farmers are getting killed, and blacks are rioting. His family has to live in a small trailer while he tries to clear a wooded knoll in Zulu land for a farm. The other farmers tell him not to trust the Zulus. A couple of them, though, come to work for him.
Angus is working so hard that his life begins to collapse. The obstacles are overwhelming. He even leaves home briefly. Prompted by a relative, his wife, Jill, takes him to a church breakfast. The next day, they go to church.
The salvation message cuts deep into his soul, and Angus comes to Christ. Miracles begin to happen. When a black girl gets hit by lightning, Angus innocently prays for her, and she comes back to life. Angus decides to rent the town hall to hold a crusade, but the local clergy oppose his plans.
When Angus accidentally runs over his nephew with a tractor, his spirit is almost crushed. The question is, will Angus be able to make a go of it? Can they survive the drought? Will there be reconciliation between the races?
FAITH LIKE POTATOES is an exciting, gripping movie. It is very well directed, with authentic, powerful performances. It is not sugar coated, and the violence is raw at some points as is the alcoholism. However, the conversion is so powerful and the testimony so strong that this movie deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. Please caution parents, though, that younger children might be affected by the early racism and the violence, which are resolved in the movie.
MOVIEGUIDE® highly commends FAITH LIKE POTATOES. The ending knocks the ball out of the park. Everyone involved needs to be congratulated.
FAITH LIKE POTATOES is an exciting, gripping movie. It is very well directed, with powerful performances. It is not sugar coated, and the violence is raw at some points. However, the conversion is so powerful and the testimony so strong that this movie deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. Please caution parents, though, that younger children might be affected by the early racism, alcoholism and the violence, which are resolved in the movie. MOVIEGUIDE® highly commends FAITH LIKE POTATOES. The ending knocks the ball out of the park. The filmmakers are to be congratulated.