Reviews - The County
Reviewed By Vaughan Ames
In a series of Facebook articles and TV interviews, she becomes more and more isolated: all the other farmers either still believe in the Coop or are too frightened to speak out. Eventually, she pulls a stunt - spraying milk from her tractor all over the Coop buildings. Apart from being a bit of light relief in the film, it also goads some her friends into supporting her.
The climax takes place at a meeting of the Co-op where she proposes a new Dairy Farmers Co-op, to be run by its members. Despite the head of the Co-op making a speech against her, which silences all her allies, she once again stands and simply talks about her dead husband. With the camera fixed on her face, we hear the votes being cast...and… she wins!
BUT... instead of leaving that as a cosy ending, there was a slightly confusing ending; the Co-op effectively declare her farm bankrupt. She accepts this, packs up her belongings and drives off into the sunset. She had never wanted to work the farm where she was, so I think we are supposed to see this as a happy ending, especially as she was singing along with a happy tune on the car radio, but certainly left some of us confused...
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