OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn't always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.
The documentary shows long scenes of food production without any voice-over and practically no dialogue. Chickens: selection, breeding, slaughter, dismemberment. Pigs: insemination, castration, slaughter, dismemberment. Cows: insemination, milking, slaughter, dismemberment. Fish: breeding, slaughter, dismemberment. Fruits and vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, olives, salads, apples, etc.): harvest, selection. Salt: extraction from mines. Workers performing their job, eating, resting. Note: the animal scenes include graphic details.Written by
This movie didn't show me anything I didn't already know, but it's silence gave me time to think about what is shown. Certainly not a movie for impatient people or after a hard day at work. It left me with a strong feeling: That industrial farming and breeding is just that - industrial. Certainly the slaughterhouse sequences touched me most. Treatment of the animals doesn't appear cruel, but very unnatural. Efficiency and detachment rule. Plants and animals don't grow and live anymore. They are produced and harvested. What's ultimately lost is the variety of life outside the human production-sphere and the human connection to the world.
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