Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread)

2006

Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread)

Critics 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 (12) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (2)

  • While there's a sober beauty to much of the film, it does drag on a little and you find yourself wondering what exactly is the point that Geyrhalter is trying to make.

    January 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • This isn't a film which tells you what to think, and it doesn't propose any alternatives to the status-quo, yet it has the gift of making you look at reality anew.

    January 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Tom Dawson

    BBC.com
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  • 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.

    February 23, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Essentially, it's a Koyanisquaasti for metal and meat fetishists, and that's no bad thing.

    January 13, 2007 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    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.

    November 29, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • On a shot-by-shot basis, much of Our Daily Bread is stunning.

    November 27, 2006 | Rating: B-

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread)

  • Nov 27, 2012
    Our Daily Bread, our daily humans.
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