Grow Your Own
Tim from Cork, 19 Sep 2013
Tried to be gritty but was too light, tried to be funny but lacked humour. This wasn't a bad story and the cast did their best with it. I feel like the director couldn't handle it though. There was great potential for a sort of slapstick comedy with a heart of gold type effort or a real gritty but humourous social commentary film but it could never make up it's mind.
Where it really fell down was in the opening 30 minutes where I felt like I wasn't given any credit as a watcher and was being beaten over the head trying to extract my sympathy for some charachters and hatred for others rather than just letting the actors get on with the story and letting me make up my mind. After that it settled down and was reasonably enjoyable but never amounted to anything special.
John from Donegal, 26 Aug 2008
The lives and loves of allottment keepers and asylum seekers alike are told beautifully in this film.
Its filmed almost entirely on the allottments and really shows that you don't need a big budget to make a great film.
It reminds me a little of the old Ealing comedys. A bit silly and far fetched in places but good clean fun.
An excellent ensemble cast, especially Benedict Wong, as the silent assylum seeker who unwittingly causes so much strife amoung the other allottment holders.
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Craig from Galway, 29 May 2008
A real treat of a film. The interactions between the characters is superb with obvious relationships and tensions. The humour, although dark in places, does stir some real belly laughs, especially for the keen eyed observers as the humour in this film is not always in the middle of the screen.
Well worth watching even if you never plan on having an allotment. You never know how political home grown vegetables can be ;-)
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Lesley from Donegal, 03 Sep 2008
Grand film, full of characters you can identify with. An allotment becomes the centre of the universe with politics, unreguited love, jelousy, race, hate, cruel big business, underhand dealings, dictators etc. A very good ensemble cast of actors bring the stories to life in a poignant and sensitive manner. Well worth watching.
Claire from Dublin, 07 Feb 2008
Quite sweet on one level but also a thought provoking movie that makes you wonder about power in the world and what is the best way to react to it - should one fight back and risk losing everything or humbly submit and accept what you have.