Padre Padrone


Padre Padrone (1977)



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Based on an autobiographical book by Gavino Ledda, this movie is filmed in Sardinian, a regional Italian dialect. The story concentrates on a shepherd boy, who lives under the thumb of his peasant father. Rescued from his family when called for military service, the boy emerges as a brilliant scholar.

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Omero Antonutti
as Gavino's Father
Fabrizio Forte
as Gavino as a child
Marcella Michelangeli
as Gavino's Mother
Marino Cenna
as Servant/Shepherd
Stanko Molnar
as Sebastiano
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Critic Reviews for Padre Padrone

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Padre Padrone seems a botched opportunity at a great emotional experience, a potential but unrealized classic.

Apr 30, 2018 | Full Review…

There are some strikingly beautiful images, all in context, as we touch themes of father-son conflict and coming of age drama

Jan 23, 2009 | Full Review…

a film of careful balances, setting raw nature against refined culture, and offering family drama that grips from start to finish without once resorting to sentimentality.

Jul 25, 2007 | Full Review…

One of the most intense and powerful childhood tales, based on Gavino Ledda's memoirs of growing up in Sardinia illiterate and brutalized by his father and how he became a famous writer and master of Greek and Latin.

Oct 5, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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