“At Any Price” is a family drama, a community drama, set in the American Heartland — a pertinent film about fate and morality and survival and denial set against the myth of the American Dream. Think Shakespeare, in the cornfields. A Greek tragedy, set in corn country. This is the essence of the latest film from acclaimed American director Ramin Bahrani.
What’s it about? A farmer: a clean-cut, all-smiles guy with the unassuming name of Henry Whipple, played by Dennis Quaid. Yet Whipple’s life, it turns out, isn’t so much about planting and sowing and harvesting. It’s about competition. It’s about pushing others out of the way for the sake of a dream. It’s about the moral choices made, just to survive, to stay ahead, in an age of corporate agriculture.
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