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  • Actors: Omero Antonutti; Saverio Marconi; Marcella Michelangeli
  • Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NHG81A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,611 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An autobiographical tale of the life of a young boy, who grows up to become a linguistics professor, thereby escaping the despotic tyranny of his father who wants him to train as a shepherd. Using both professional actors and untrained locals from the Sardinian countryside, this story of the virtual imprisonment of young Sardinians by their rural surroundings was originally filmed by the Taviani brothers for Italian TV, but went on to win the Best Film Award at Cannes in 1977.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Griffiths on 21 July 2009
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This is a very powerful and moving film, wonderfully acted. This particular copy suffers from a problem with subtitles, where the bottom line is not always visible.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Jun. 2007
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There's no shortage of grit and unpleasantness in Padre Padrone, the kind of film you really couldn't make today - violent child beatings, animals beaten, killed or worse on screen (I really wasn't expecting the montage of donkey and chicken molesting) and a distinct lack of any sentimentality. But the Taviani Brothers' film is still one of the best I've seen, turning what could easily have been an exercise in miserablism into a remarkable and occasionally anarchic but always imaginative piece of pure filmmaking.

From its great opening, where the real Gavino hands the actor playing his father the stick he will use to beat him as a child, there's an intelligent audacity that manifests itself in a world where animals and even music have voices if you know how to listen: the battle of wills between Gavino and a goat played out in voice over, or the voice overs of the school children whose laughter at Gavino's fate turns to horror as they realize they are next are just two great examples. Some shots manage to be strangely beautiful in spite of their context or even, odd as it sounds, their visual quality - the tracking shot of leaving the village, the long take of the father hurrying home to kill his son. The film also has a superlative use of sound, creating a sense of place out of the sounds as much of the sights in Gavino's first night in the pasture.

The two hours fly by, but burn themelves into your memory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monique L. on 18 Aug. 2012
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This film was inspired by an Italian novel which relates the physical and psychological misery of a family and mainly of the young hero subjected to the violent domination ot the father and forced to give up school to become a shepherd in a very lonely and savage countryside ,with no human contact .The hero will rise and revolt under the oppression .
A very strong , sometimes shocking film which denounces the evils caused by extreme poverty and analphabetism , directed by the talented Taviani brothers ,it won the Palme d 'or at the cannes Festival of 1977 and other prizes
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb. 2005
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If you like world cinema you will like this. A true story of
a very hard life if the hills. Where boys were taken from school
to work as shepherds to take care of the family live stock and protect them from wolves and thieves. Terrified at being alone they often ran away only to be beaten by their fathers and made to return to tend the flock.
A word of caution!!!The film also includes 3 simulated sex scenes between boys and their animals. A true depiction of real life as shepherd boys going through puberty and into adulthood
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Phillips on 29 Jan. 2006
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Seemingly destined to an isolated life tending sheep on a remote Sardinian mountain, Gavino Ledda has other ideas...
Obviously shot on a budget similar to that of my weekly shopping, this is an unlikely film to succeed - yet it does.
Winner of the Grand Prize at the 1997 Cannes film festival, the film deals with a Gavino Ledda's escape from his father's obsessive control, and his escape from his own crippling-ly introverted nature.
Guaranteed to inspire, by both the empathy which one feels for Gavino's struggle for recognition, internally and externally, and the haunting music; and also, it makes one realise that anyone can make a great film with a handycam in your own back garden. And a genius gene, naturally.
Minor criticisms - can be a little boring and slow moving at times, and the leap in Gavino's life we take - from aged 7 to 18 - tries one's imagination a little, but nothing to distract from the overall, satisfying effect the film has.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mario on 19 Dec. 2010
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A fancy framing device (a bit like the director's cut for Cinema Paradiso in a way) doesn't help. I would have preferred a straighter treatment. There is plenty to admire in between and the parental cruelty is properly unsentimentalised by any sense of forgiveness or Lear-like coming together of father and son. The camera is too fussy, not formal enough for such subject matter. The idea that the boy grows up into a writer (although apparently 'true') is as unconvincing as his 70s haircut. Not a great film, but worth watching. One of those that has lost kudos over the years.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Aug. 2004
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A true story that will leave you in tears. The life of Gavino Ledda who attempts to ecsape the hardship of the Sardinian island and the fate which he was born into.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kelly on 27 April 2013
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A sad story of selfishness and ignorance and the indomitable spirit. First class acting by all the cast. No sign of women's lib!
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