The Biggest Little Farm

The Biggest Little Farm ★★

There are some striking images in these hagiographic home movies of a couple's pursuit of creating a new Garden of Eden. I guess that's what happens when a cameraperson is the director/subject/narrator. But despite (or perhaps because of) the idealistic vision, I was genuinely annoyed by the project and the film's narration from the start. For all its focus on being organic and authentic, there is something distinctly artificial and performative about the whole aesthetic, like a Thomas Kinkade painting on screen as brought to you by Hallmark but with a West Coast granola vibe, and mostly absent of examining the larger ecosystem the Chesters are a part of, namely California and the USA. Baby animals sure are cute though.

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