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Our Daily Bread [DVD]

Nikolaus Geyrhalter    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
Price: 11.38 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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Product details

  • Directors: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: ICA Films
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CHG06S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,930 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Welcome to the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming! To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines, Our Daily Bread 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 logistics of this system which provides our society's standard of living. There is no voiceover or music, just the sound and rhythms of conveyer belts and machinery. The stunning visuals which range from absorbing and lovely to horrifying speak for themselves as indictments of the industry and its cruelty to both land and animals

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a world that seems to have more in common with science fiction and Kubrick than the contents of your lunchbox. --Dazed & Confused

left me speechless --The Guardian

Outstanding! Provocative! Eccentrically lovely and frequently horrifying ... deserves to find an audience of hungry cinephiles --Premiere

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi-tech grub 27 Aug 2009
By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I found this a highly unusual and visually fascinating documentary about primary food production, both animal and vegetable. The lack of any sort of commentary initially annoyed me because so much of what is shown raises the question: what's going on here but after a while I found I was settling down to the rhythm of the editing. The way director Geyrhalter places the camera and then just lets it roll will grow on you. Even where there is some fast machinery the shot is invariably a static one of the equipment.

The documentary looks at fruit and vegetable production and collection, animal husbandry of chickens, cows, pigs and nicely I thought, fish farming plus a visit to a salt mine. The most eye opening thing to me was the amount of mechanization involved in food production at the farm level though it seemed that the equipment had been designed to work most efficiently when the fruit, animals or fish were standard sizes. Despite the huge investment in equipment on these European farms (or plants) it was still cost effective to employ shift-workers.

There are some quirky scenes: several of workers having a break, eating or having a cigarette (these were just long static shots looking at the person); spraying everything in a slaughter house with some sort of foam (a detergent maybe) digging small holes in mounts on a field and either planting or collecting something. I would have thought an occasional black strip across the bottom of the screen with a white caption would not have hurt the integrity of the movie and helped the viewer.

Despite what others might say I found nothing shocking in the movie.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food Technopoly 27 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
This well-wrought documentary, set in Europe, makes visible the shocking hugeness of contemporary factory farms. Despite the title, the film is not explicitly about "our daily bread". It is about the primary production of enormous quantities of food in factories, machine-dominated factories that produce everything including olives, salt, eggs, unborn calves for veal, fish-flesh, and hydroponic vegetables.

I found the absence of musical soundtrack and authorial comment a relief, and the sounds emanating from the factory buildings, fields, glasshouses, machines, animal and bird subjects, immensely telling.On occasions the silence of the animals was chilling. This is the farming of Technopoly where machines farm vast monocultures, and hitherto unimaginable cruelties are practised on sentient beings, including the humans who operate the factories with their press-buttons, de-beakers, levers, insemination probes and buckets, gigantic harvesters, sharp knives, electric prods and pressure cleaners. At the end of each episode is a human touch in the showing of the workers from the featured production areas taking a meal-break or "smoko", time off (or out) from the rapid tempo of soul-less machinery that governs their lives.

The horror of factory farming casts a grim shadow on our lives, and on our presumption that the world can endlessly supply more and more of our growing food demands at little cost. This film shows us how our prayer, "Give us this day our daily bread" is answered by Technopoly, and opens our eyes to the trespasses we might commit with each act of food consumption.

Those who like their food "more", "lots", "fast","efficient", would have no quibbles about the farming practices shown in the film.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating food production 15 April 2010
Format:DVD
This award winning documentary is strangely mesmerising and totally fascinating. But there is some scenes which are not for the squeamish. But if you want to see how our mass produced food is created then this is for you.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic, Sublime..... 14 Jun 2009
By RP123
Format:DVD
Utterly bewitching film. The lack of narration only adds to the overall impact. Poses big questions for all of us, and our relationship with the natural world. This is the kind of film that can really change your thinking, and certainly a film that lives on in the memory. Watch it and weep.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I noticed that some of the reviewers of this documentary film lauded the humane and mercifully quick way the cows, pigs, and chickens were killed. Nonetheless the image of the shudder of the cows after the lethal stun gun is pressed to their foreheads lingers horrifically.

Some reviewers thought film was funny. And there is a thread at IMDb that asks which part of the film did you find the most disgusting.

I also note that the accolades handed out for what might be called German efficiency in the way agribusiness is able to streamline the production process from conception to the trucks headed for the autobahn. Yet I found it rather disgusting to see a long, bloody slit on the side of a cow, a man's bloody hands reaching in and pulling out a new born calf in a kind of Caesarian section for the hoofed set. I presume the cow was anesthetized but somehow remained standing.

And I realize that without these amazing innovations in animal husbandry and slaughtering techniques most people even in Europe and America would find the price of meat a bit of a strain on their budgets.

I think what is bothering me is what Sir Martin Rees in another context referred to as "the yuck factor." I think it was in reference to human cloning. At any rate all the chickens, pigs and cows seen being nicely euthanized, bleed, skinned, butchered and sent to market, are increasingly cookie-cuttered so that they are not far from being clones themselves. (Maybe some of them are.) At any rate being clones would make it all the easier for the carcasses to fit conveniently into the apparatuses designed for what might be called an efficient disassembly line.

One more thing about the animals: what they are is what we are: slabs of meat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting to see what happens to it all on the way to your...
Some good, some bad and some very unexpected but all well filmed and the lack of narration means you can make up your own mind.
Published 8 months ago by TheWalkerTouch.co.uk
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-See Documentary
If you have any intereset whatsoever in knowing how the food you eat gets to your plate then you should definitely see this film. Read more
Published 11 months ago by jaka
2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of beautiful images
Good picture and cutting but the story is missing.
It's a silent movie and it won't explain nothing about what is happening and about consequences. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Francesco Nigro
5.0 out of 5 stars The robots have taken over
No voices needed, just the surreal soundscape of the bizzare food industry. Absolutley loved this film but couldn't help wondering where and when the world went wrong. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2011 by trinity fatman littleboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing shots, but could go deeper
Indeed an interesting film. Makers have some nice shooting and editing! It reveals many unknown knowledge to me, at least. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2010 by Qiang Fu
5.0 out of 5 stars original, amazing
A fine movie, extremely original, highly interesting,
keeps you on every scene reflecting and
thinking about our world and way of living;
I think all of us should... Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2010 by John Dekker
3.0 out of 5 stars no music or audio, yet strangely addictive
I didnt read the blurb before buying, and when watching it took me 20 minutes to realise that the commentary was never going to start. Read more
Published on 21 July 2010 by kiwi
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi-tech grub
I found this a highly unusual and visually fascinating documentary about primary food production, both animal and vegetable. Read more
Published on 8 May 2009 by Robin Benson
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