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Black Bread (Pa Negre)

Black Bread (Pa Negre) (2010)

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This drama from director Agustí Villaronga takes place in Catalonia during the immediate post-war years. A young boy named Andreu, who belongs to the losing side in the conflict, happens upon the bodies of a man and a young boy in the woods. Local officials want to blame Andreu's father for the situation; in response, Andreu decides to try and help his dad by setting out in search of the real killers. Slowly but surely, the deception of the adult world comes into focus before his eyes, and he

Unrated,

Drama

Emili Teixidor, Agustí Villaronga

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All Critics (3) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (0)

Black Bread is one of SFIFF's more understated films, despite a few fairly grotesque moments. It has some interesting camerawork, solid performances and an intriguing story, all of which make this one worth a watch.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

While history is important to the narrative, the director cleverly subverts the audience's expectations, slowly revealing a much more nuanced and layered film, with a disturbing mystery at its core.

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Electric Sheep

It brims with evocative images and half-buried horrors.

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Audience Reviews for Black Bread (Pa Negre)

While I didn't like it in whole, I surely did like it in parts. It was intriguing in parts which consisted of twists and turns; few unexpected while the rest of 'em were predictable. But predictability didn't serve as a big-time drawback for this one. The movie concentrated on (or boasted of, take your pick) human ideals and how they change their shape as per the circumstances. It's quite well told via the story of a child's troublesome life. What I didn't like was certain loopholes and a few things left unexplained (and the latter might be intentional). All the actors were new to me, but most of them gave a remarkable performance, especially the child playing the role of Andreu.

Not highly recommended, but it's watchable enough..... Well, at least IMO (which are always honest).
July 3, 2011
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