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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
Interesting yarn dealing with tribulations of a child at a Catalan village during Spanish post-Civil War
Dark film with thrilling events , awesome performances , adequate settings and including a spotless as well as shading pictorial cinematography . The flick has some powerful , rousing images and occurs strong and downbeat happenings . This upsetting story of how war creates monsters is set in the harsh post-war years' Catalan countryside , as our hero is Andreu , a little boy (Francesc Colomer) who lives with his parents (Roger Casamajor , Nora Navas)and he then meets the corpses of a man and his son in the woods . The Mayor (Sergi Lopez) and Guardia Civil blame his daddy named Farriol (Roger Casamajor replaced Óscar Jaenada) of the deaths , but Andreu attempts to help him by finding out who actually murdered them . He investigates and finally discovers dark secrets . In this search he betrays his own roots and seeks the terrible truth . Then his father is detained , Andreu gives up hope of seeing him again and he goes home his grandmother , aunts and cousin .
This is a thought-provoking flick dealing with astonishing events as well as a passionate retelling and a touching post-warlike drama with some historical insight . "Pa Negre¨ or ¨Pan Negro¨ being finely adapted by the same director Agustí Villaronga from a novel written by Emili Teixidor about a twisted tale of treason , lies , punishment and redemption . This moving as well as strong story is an emotive recounting and an intense drama , including disturbing intrigues , tragedies , deaths and executions . "Black Bread" results to be other of the uncountable stories to deal with dramatic deeds regarding the Civil War background . A familiar theme about the global horrors of a fratricide war , impossible to forget to Spanish Cinema , as the picture gives a deep detail about lives at a village set during post-Civil War and some atrocities being committed by Francoists . It belongs a sub-genre that revolves around the themes of the civil war through the eyes of a child , as there are a great number of pictures about this engaging issues such as ¨Secrets of heart¨ by Montxo Armendariz , ¨Butterfly's Tongue¨by Jose Luis Cuerda , ¨Viaje De Carol¨ by Imanol Uribe and Pan's labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro . Agusti Villaronga also writes the script and being filmed in his usual formal and stylistic scholarship , without leaving a trace the thoughtful issues , in terms of dramatic and narrative excitement . The main problem has to face "Pan Negro" , beyond not being able to avoid falling into the politic pamphlet is precisely derived from the coldness of its staging , which eventually become monotonous over 108 minutes of footage . This is an enough budget Spanish production and obtained moderate success in the Spaniard box office . The starring boy is well performed by Francesc Colomer , he plays as Andreu who develops a moral consciousness against a world of adults fed by lies and ends up finding out the monster that lives within him . Excellent support cast forming an enjoyable human group of players and giving excellent interpretations such as Roger Casamajor as a Republican father with deep idealism to be made responsible for two strange deaths , Laia Marull as unsettling Pauleta , Eduard Fernández as abusive teacher and Sergi López who plays a similar role to Pan's labyrinth as a cruel fascist . This was first Catalan-language film to win the Goya Award for Best Film and Spain's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012 .
Appropriate and evocative musical score by Jose Manuel Pagan . Dark as well atmospheric cinematography by Antonio Riestra who is nowadays working in internationals productions as ¨Mama¨ , ¨Lidice¨ , ¨Czech-Made Man¨ and ¨Last knights¨. Being filmed on location in Olot , Gerona , Puig-Reig, Santa Fe Montseny, Talamanca, Tavertet, Vic , Puig De Balma , L'Espunyola , Manlleu, Mataró , Barcelona , Catalonia, Spain . The motion picture was compellingly directed by Agusti Villaronga . Agusti was born in 1953 in Majorca, Balearic Islands, he uses to make films including genuine chills , suspense , mystery and dark atmospheres . His movies pack excellent creation of taut , thriller , emotions and rare atmospheres such as ¨Aro Tolbukhin¨ , ¨El mar¨ , ¨El Niño de la Luna¨ and especially ¨In a glass cage¨ or ¨Tras el Cristal¨ . His greatest success was this ¨Black bread¨ or Pa Negre¨ winning several Goyas .
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