Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread) (2006)



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.
Art House & International , Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread)

All Critics (34) | 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.

Full Review… | February 23, 2007
Seattle Times
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Essentially, it's a Koyanisquaasti for metal and meat fetishists, and that's no bad thing.

Full Review… | January 12, 2007
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.

Full Review… | November 29, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
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On a shot-by-shot basis, much of Our Daily Bread is stunning.

November 27, 2006
AV Club
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An alarming vision of the antiseptic order we have created around the business of stocking our fridge.

November 24, 2006
Top Critic

A thought-provoking documentary that would go well on a double bill with Richard Linklater's fictional Fast Food Nation.

November 24, 2006
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for Unser täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread)

It may have been one of the worst documentaries I have ever sat through. Our Daily bread brings you through the food industry but only shows you the part of killing animals, cutting their body parts off and what the machines do. We don't see after the fact when things are packaged but just the brutal side of things. In the first 15 minutes you see many long shots showing animals being forced into lines to be killed, even though I know this happens every day. I don't need to watch a movie about it. Through those 15 minutes you see so much that already you want to turn it off. I was expecting someone to start talking but no, for all 90 minutes there is absolutely no talking whatsoever. This is filled with long shots that show what goes on in these plants and just shows how life less the people working there are. This film was hard to watch and was just boring, I was expecting another Food Inc but this is nothing close to that.

Dan Boncore
Dan Boncore

Our Daily Bread, our daily humans.

Rubia  Carolina
Rubia Carolina

Super Reviewer


This is the best documentary I've seen on the production of food. The lack of any narrative enhances the film's visual impact and demands the viewer come up with his or her own conclusions. While it may not be for everyone, 'Our Daily Bread' is an objective look at modern day agriculture that is an important historical record and an eye-opener for anyone adventurous enough to watch.

The Bad Guy
The Bad Guy

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