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  • Summary: This documentary aims to show the industrial production of food as a reflection of our society's values: plenty of everything, made as quickly and as efficiently as modern technology permits. (First Run/Icarus)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
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  1. Nikolaus Geyrhalter's superb documentary is an unblinking, often disturbing look at industrial food production from field to factory.
  2. 100
    Despite this lack of narration, Our Daily Bread never fails to enthrall because of the impeccable eye -- for composition, for color, for movement within the frame -- of filmmaker Geyrhalter.
  3. What the activist drama "Fast Food Nation" does with talk and the aid of movie stars, Our Daily Bread, a riveting documentary by Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter, does even better, with no voice-over and barely a word spoken by the unidentified workers involved in matter-of-fact killing and harvesting.
  4. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    80
    Looks at the agricultural industry across Europe through sound and images alone. Pic offers a tabula rasa in which some auds will see a horrifying indictment of the industry's cruelties, others a realistic depiction of mechanized farming, and some a soft-spoken tribute to manual labor. Meanwhile, precisely composed lensing and painstaking sound design create moments of sublime beauty.
  5. An eye-opener that handles its themes in a refreshingly nonexploitative manner.
  6. 75
    A thought-provoking documentary that would go well on a double bill with Richard Linklater's fictional "Fast Food Nation."
  7. 67
    The non-sensationalized "this is what really happens" approach makes Our Daily Bread extra-creepy at times.

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  1. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    The film espies the whole process of food production before it's served in front of our table. It's a genuine film, probably too genuine thatThe film espies the whole process of food production before it's served in front of our table. It's a genuine film, probably too genuine that I am now decided not to eat meat anymore. Expand
  2. PoppyR.
    Nov 25, 2006
    9
    A stark and meditative look at the industry of European food production. The pace of the film imitates the mechanistic, sterile, cold process A stark and meditative look at the industry of European food production. The pace of the film imitates the mechanistic, sterile, cold process the harvest has become in today's alienated world. The viewer is allowed ample opportunity to ponder the question: when living under a system that makes every head of lettuce, cow, or factory worker a mere example of their category of being, are there significant differences between these lives? When a life is predetermined in its totalized relationship to the whole of the system is the only remaining choice whether or not to take pleasure in the hypnotic rhythm of the well-oiled machinery? More documentaries should so simply inspire critical reflection on the status of modern living as this one does. Expand

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