Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread)

2006

Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread) (2006)

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Critic Consensus: A matter-of-fact, nearly wordless documentary, Our Daily Bread's spare presentation of slaughterhouses and human consumption serves up food for thought.

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In the tradition of such acclaimed cinéma direct works as Jean Eustache's Le Cochon (1970) and Frederick Wiseman's Meat (1976) comes Nikolaus Geyrhalter's 92-minute documentary Our Daily Bread -- an ironic, detached cinematic glimpse of how the food we eat on a daily basis is picked, killed, mechanically processed, and packaged for human consumption. Geyrhalter resists having an overtly political or muckraking agenda; instead, his sequence of images acts as an extended visual meditation, a plunge into the poetic mundanity of everyday existence. By singling out processes that we would otherwise take for granted or overlook, Geyrhalter calls our attention to the more absurd and surreal aspects of the food chain -- with the graceful and rhythmic, yet thoroughly strange and haunting, processes of automatization in the foreground.

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Critic Reviews for Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread)

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (10)

Compelling, distressing documentary about the weirdly mechanized world of industrial farms, slaughterhouses and other sources of mass-produced food has a surrealist edge that gives the film a dreamlike ambience.

Feb 23, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Essentially, it's a Koyanisquaasti for metal and meat fetishists, and that's no bad thing.

Jan 13, 2007 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The camera simply looks, with unflinching interest, as plants and animals are processed (in European industrial settings) into the food we eat. It's up to the viewer to distinguish tastes of horror, compassion, and awe at the efficiency involved.

Nov 29, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

On a shot-by-shot basis, much of Our Daily Bread is stunning.

Nov 27, 2006 | Rating: B-
AV Club
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An alarming vision of the antiseptic order we have created around the business of stocking our fridge.

Nov 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
Newsday
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A thought-provoking documentary that would go well on a double bill with Richard Linklater's fictional Fast Food Nation.

Nov 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

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Our Daily Bread, our daily humans.

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