The Fruit Hunters

Documentary | 96 min minutes

Opening with lush, porny close-ups of freaky-looking varieties, this slick documentary is obsessed with all things fruit: the people who’re fixated on it (including, oddly, actor Bill Pullman), the sadness of the present-day grocery-store version of it, the places where it still grows in biodiverse abundance, the evils of the global monoculture industry… Parts are intriguing, such as a bit on an Italian woman who’s a “fruit detective,” but the film tries to do too much, giving everything short shrift in the end, and is further marred by cheesy reenactments and graphics.

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Film Credits
Yung Chang
SIFF 2013