A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold Reviews

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June 3, 2019
Like a high wire act without an act, the lack of cuts putting emphasis on the performers and what they're saying rather than directorial style.
April 19, 2019
Existing below the radar is largely what A Bread Factory is about, so it's unsurprising that Wang often chooses to focus on characters who are very old or very young.
April 4, 2019
Daly gives the kind of lived-in performance that rarely generates awards consideration, though it really should.
March 25, 2019
A Bread Factory is roughly four hours in length, but with these two characters, it could have been 400, and I would have happily watched the entire thing.
February 24, 2019
[It] speaks about just how inseparable art and life is-the ways we use it to heal, grow, and see. Art is that which makes us human.
February 8, 2019
The meat of A Bread Factory lies in the details.
January 17, 2019
Long-time veterans of the art wars will enjoy the whole thing, but this sizable sit has something for everybody.
December 27, 2018
It's all a very heady stew, and the fact that this is just the beginning sometimes makes it feel like a slog. Yet there are moments that shine so bright - where you see what Wang is working at - that they make the film hum.
December 20, 2018
The feeling of loss is palpable and, and this wonderful film should serve as a reminder to appreciate the truly irreplaceable assets we have.
December 19, 2018
Is the film perfect? No, not at all. But it's the rare work that stares directly at its audience and challenges-no, demands-that they make a better one.
December 4, 2018
a riveting, one of a kind cinematic experience, an ethnography of a community told with a profoundly compassionate eye
December 4, 2018
It's gentle, as the interlocking members of the community stand up for what they believe in...there are lots and lots of characters, but it's never difficult to tell them apart.
November 28, 2018
These sprawling vignettes give way to beautiful bits of advice, inspiration, and humor that feels as organic as you might possibly see.
October 27, 2018
It's as if Eric Rohmer had made a Christopher Guest film - "Waiting for Guffman" recast as an ardent inquiry into what small-town American life has become.
October 26, 2018
A film that defies conventional expectations with the same dedication to artistic integrity as the two women in featured roles.
October 26, 2018
Wise, funny and genuinely heartfelt. A testament to Patrick Wang's humanism and impeccable filmmaking skills.
October 26, 2018
A warm and prickly humanist triumph that features no movie stars, disperses its attention across a large ensemble and feels meticulously handcrafted in every respect.
October 26, 2018
This minimalist epic amply showcases Wang's gifts for Chekhovian-style drama infused with generous doses of subtle humor.
October 25, 2018
"A Bread Factory" has an immense cast, a deliberate pace and thematic ambition to spare - but it also has a ground-level, plain-spoken modesty that renders it hypnotic.
October 25, 2018
Through bursts of comedy, poignancy, conflict, song, dance, and theatrical whimsy, what emerges is akin to a homespun symphony of soulfulness.
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