Good Things Await
Directed by Phie Ambo
Niels Stokholm is one of the most idealistic farmers in Denmark. He runs the biodynamic farm with his wife, Rita, and from their farm, Thorshøjgaard, they distribute products to some of the best restaurants in the world.But not everyone is equally fond of Thorshøjgaard and their holistic methods. Authorities and bureaucracy threaten to close down the farm. Phie Ambo follows their struggle to make sure that they are not the last to do agriculture the way they do, but some of the first.
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★★★★ review by Gregg on Letterboxd
A beautiful and profound study of biodynamic farmer Neils Stockholm and his efforts to preseve Danish Red Cattle through organic and sustainable farming and husbandry.
★★★★½ review by Nick R on Letterboxd
A documentary perfectly in tune with its subject, the cosmically-minded biodynamic farmer Niels Stokholm: Phie Ambo follows worms into the earth, pollen into the air, and ingredients to the table of the prime minister. This approach makes for a remarkably holistic doc, which shows the intersections between nature, food culture, tradition, government, and individuals' convictions.
This would be worth watching just for its beautiful cinematography and impeccable contemporary classical score by Johan Johannson and Paul Hillier's Theatre of Voices, but those elements are never extraneous, serving always to illustrate Stokholm's worldview. The film stays so in line with this particular farmer, though, that I wished there had been at least one more dissenting voice in the film - still, Ambo leaves enough room for doubt to avoid hagiography.
★★★½ review by cinemagazine on Letterboxd
"Los van het prachtige beeldmateriaal van het idyllische Deense boerenland in dit ‘lyrische beeldgedicht’, is boer Niels op zich al een documentaire waard."
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