Born and Bred Reviews

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Maria M. Delgado
Sight and Sound
July 6, 2010
Not everyone will find Trapero's uncompromising storytelling and quiet camerawork to their liking, but once more with Born and Bred he demonstrates a masterful ability to unite the physical and the metaphorical, the social and the sensual.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
August 24, 2007
The film is so beautifully shot and controlled that Patagonia becomes as much a character in the film as the middle-class Santiago and his working-class friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
August 24, 2007
Like the brutal climate it portrays, the film isn't easy to love, and Pfening makes a less sympathetic soul in torment than Trapero perhaps intends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
August 24, 2007
Argentinian director Pablo Trapero's Born and Bred is a quiet but resonant mood piece.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 24, 2007
Scenery apart, the film is penitence at 24 frames per second.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 24, 2007
Trapero creates a cinematic eco-system that moment by moment, scene by subtle scene, completely enfolds you.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Fortgang
Film4
August 24, 2007
The landscape speaks louder than words in this atmospheric journey through emotional extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Mattin
BBC.com
August 24, 2007
A searing, wonderfully shot, and artfully understated examination of guilt and grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
August 24, 2007
Impressively acted and compassionately observed, it hovers intriguingly between reality and dream-state.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
August 24, 2007
Director Pablo Trapero seals his enviable reputation with this exceptional study of isolation and grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Nick Funnell
Time Out
October 28, 2006
An existential nightmare of grief, guilt and penance, with Guillermo Nieto's sublime photography of the frozen, otherworldly landscape a correlative to Santiago's suspended state.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Top Critic
Robert Koehler
Variety
September 13, 2006
An emotionally stunning journey of a father's return to his senses after a horrible accident.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
August 30, 2007
We search for something redeeming, which we finally receive but far too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 15, 2007
Just as the constantly falling snow leaches the colour from the backdrop, so the emotion bleeds out of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Martha Fischer
Cinematical
September 23, 2006
An Argentine film packed full of pain and suffering that nevertheless fails utterly to connect with its audience.

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