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Pa negre (2010)

In the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside, Andreu, a child that belongs to the losing side, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the forest. The authorities want his father to ... See full summary »

Director:

Agustí Villaronga

Writers:

Emili Teixidor (novel), Agustí Villaronga (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Francesc Colomer ... Andreu
Jhon Mejía ... Jove
Marina Comas ... Núria
Nora Navas ... Florència
Roger Casamajor ... Farriol
Lluïsa Castell Lluïsa Castell ... Ció
Mercè Arànega ... Sra. Manubens
Marina Gatell ... Enriqueta
Elisa Crehuet Elisa Crehuet ... Àvia
Andrés Herrera ... Dionís
Pep Tosar ... Comisari
Lázaro Mur Lázaro Mur ... Tísic
Jordi Pla Jordi Pla ... Quirze
Andrea Caro Andrea Caro ... Roviretes
Laia Marull ... Pauleta
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Storyline

In the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside, Andreu, a child that belongs to the losing side, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the forest. The authorities want his father to be made responsible of the deaths, but Andreu tries to help his father by finding out who truly killed them. In this search, Andreu develops a moral consciousness against a world of adults fed by lies. In order to survive, he betrays his own roots and ends up finding out the monster that lives within him. Written by Harry

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Catalan | Spanish

Release Date:

15 October 2010 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Bread See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€154,897 (Spain), 17 October 2010, Limited Release
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First Catalan-language film to win the Goya Award for Best Film. See more »

Crazy Credits

Twenty minutes after the movie beginns, there is a second title; "Retrato de un asesino de pájaros" (portrait of a birds killer). See more »

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Referenced in Edición Especial Coleccionista: B.A.D. Cats (2011) See more »

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A Dark Coming Of Age Tale In Post-War Catalonia
11 April 2012 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Agustí Villaronga's 'Pa Negre' has one of the most stupendously shot and chilling opening sequences I've seen among recent films. I wasn't aware of the hype surrounding it, including the fact that it had won many Goyas. A friend had recommended this film.

Set against the backdrop of postwar Catalonia, writer Emili Teixador weaves a complex tale of greed, betrayal, sacrifice and redemption. In a way, 'Pa Negre' is also a coming of age tale but a very dark one. Villaronga does an excellent job of bringing it to screen. His way of unfolding the story and uncovering the truth about the characters is done meticulously. It also provides some interesting historical insight that is less known to those not familiar with post-war Catalonia.

Moreover, the look of the film is quite authentic. The feel of the time seems to have been captured very well. The village and the stunning natural locations are are very real. Cinematography, editing and lighting are superb. The performances are sincere. Young actor Francesc Colomer does a fine job in leading the film. The rest of the actors are equally compelling.

'Pa Negre' opens with three brutal murders and ens with a child's realization of the dark truth that has changed him forever. Villaronga tells a disturbing tale of how war creates monsters even of those whom you've known all your life as loving beings with ideals.


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