It's Been a Lovely Day
"A riveting study in the purest documentary tradition" is how Variety described Jos de Putter's look at the final year of his own parents' farm. But the film's connection between landscape and art is best described by its opening dedication: "For my father, who made me love the land, and my mother, who made me love the cinema." Beginning with his father's before-dawn cup of coffee on January 1, 1992, de Putter records a calendar year of plantings and harvests, winter snows and autumn lights, quiet conversations and those moments when the only sound is from the wind, the only movement from the clouds above or the harvests below. Showing farmers working in dawn's near-darkness and trees swaying in summer breezes, IT'S BEEN A LOVELY DAY is a portrait of a fading way of life, rivaling any Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn or Vincent Van Gogh.