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Our Daily Bread (2005)

Unser täglich Brot (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 21 April 2006 (Austria)
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.


Nikolaus Geyrhalter (screenplay), Wolfgang Widerhofer (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claus Hansen Petz Claus Hansen Petz ... Himself
Arkadiusz Rydellek Arkadiusz Rydellek ... Himself
Barbara Hinz Barbara Hinz ... Herself
Renata Wypchlo Renata Wypchlo ... Herself
Alina Wiktorska Alina Wiktorska ... Herself
Ela Kozlowska Ela Kozlowska ... Herself
Anna Bethke Anna Bethke ... Herself
Malgorzata Nowak Malgorzata Nowak ... Herself
Halina Kosiacka Halina Kosiacka ... Herself
Tibor Korom Tibor Korom ... Himself
András Szarvas András Szarvas ... Himself
Lies Jacobs Lies Jacobs ... Himself
Frédéric Quinet Frédéric Quinet ... Himself
Christoph Malherbe Christoph Malherbe ... Himself
Olivier Leboutte Olivier Leboutte ... Himself


Welcome to the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming! To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines, the film looks without commenting into the places where food is produced in Europe: monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds - a cool, industrial environment which leaves little space for individualism. People, animals, crops and machines play a supporting role in the logistic of this system which provides our society's standard of living. 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. Written by Anonymous

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German | Polish

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21 April 2006 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Chlieb nás kazdodenný See more »

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Dolby (Synchro Film, Austria)| Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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not such an "artistic" documentary
3 December 2006 | by thisidhasalreadybeenSee all my reviews

if by artistic you mean concerned only with aesthetics, and beautiful camera work, and gorgeous film, and incredible color. i gotta take issue with saying that the documentary was cold and dispassionate and too concerned with art for art's sake. i would have to say not by the longest long shot. because....because the movie was equally as much about the people producing the food as it was about the production. and thats where much of the heart of the whole movie lies---you just don't notice it right away because there is no sound track, or you don't hear or understand the conversation between people. the isolation of the producers one from each other, for instance. the silence that they work in. those big ear muffs they wear. the deafening noise. the isolating self0-conscousness of being on camera, the movie maker implicating himself. (i definitely saw that a couple of times.) look at that first shot of the woman eating by herself with the mangled finger. an UNBELIEVABLY compassionate image. describing close to the entire world in thirty seconds. Or the next woman, taking her smoking break.

the voicelessness is about isolation. the workers, the animals, the act of filming. the "dumbness" of animals--their inability to speak--and that of the workers on many occasions--is what maybe the movie is all about. (and so the wordless narration is maybe an act of empathy with the animals?? I dunno for sure, but i could make a good argument i was going to write a paper.

and what about the shoeless guy in "The Dominator"?

AND... did notice how, when the ethnic workers are introduced, as opposed to the white northern working classes of Europe, when the immigrant populations are shown at work, the movie slightly changes?? The first and only shot of people at home, and talking in a group, and cooking at home (rice), are Africans. Refugees of wars, no doubt. For a long time in this film,m, I was wondering where the ethnic minorities who make up so much of Europes' working class had disappeared to. Suddenly, mid way, they show up. i don't think it's completely by accident. not completely. Then, later, the Arabic guys are shown taking there lunch break. they too, are eating and talking with each other. taking there break under a tree, close to the ground that they are harvesting from. these shots if anything rubbed me a little bit the wrong way, thinking a little bit of idealizing of the non-European "other" was going on. but the movie redeems itself on this front--or just proves me wrong--when we see a big table of white Europeans eating together. something is most definitely being said about tribalism, and about race, and consumption habits.

i could talk reams about how great this movie is--write a dissertation even like maybe Chris here--but that would totally ruin it. see the movie, its phenomenal. and disturbing..

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