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4.0 out of 5 stars padre padrone
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.
Published on 21 July 2009 by Mrs. J. Griffiths

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and moving.
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...
Published on 29 Jan. 2006 by Mr. A. Phillips


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars padre padrone, 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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harsh but exhilarating, 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Padre padrone, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent foreign film, 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and moving., 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Fancy the Cheese, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Italian films ever, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Sardinian saga, 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Archaic, 3 Oct. 2012
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Padre Padrone (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 1977, 114')

Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (1931 and 1929, respectively, both in San Miniato, Tuscany) are noted Italian film directors and screenwriters. They are brothers, who have always worked together, each directing alternate scenes. The Taviani brothers began their careers as journalists. In 1960 they came to cinema directing, with Joris Ivens the documentary L'Italia non è un paese povero (Italy is not a poor country), and they went on to direct two films with Valentino Orsini Un uomo da bruciare (1962) and I fuorilegge del matrimonio (1963).

Their first autonomous film was I sovversivi (The Subversives, 1967), with which they anticipated the events of 1968. With actor Gian Maria Volonté they gained attention with Sotto il segno dello scorpione (Under the Sign of Scorpio, (1969) where one can see the echoes of Brecht, Pasolini and Godard. The revolutionary theme is present both in San Michele aveva un gallo (1971), an adaptation of Tolstoy's novel The Divine and the Human, a film greatly appreciated by critics, and in the film Allonsanfan (1974), in which Marcello Mastroianni has a role as an ex-revolutionary who has served a long term in prison and now views his idealistic youth in a much more realistic light.

Padre padrone (also known as Father and Master) used both professional and non-professional actors from the Sardinian countryside. The drama was originally filmed for Italian television, but won the Palme d'Or prize at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival plus Berlin, more. The film depicts a Sardinian shepherd who is terrorized by his domineering father and tries to escape by educating himself. He eventually becomes a celebrated linguist. The drama is based on an autobiographical book of the same title by Gavino Ledda.

In the 2000s, the two brothers turned successfully to directing television films and miniseries. They gave a respectful adaptation of Tolstoy's Resurrection (2001) and Luisa Sanfelice (2004) a sort of romantic-popular ballad from a book by Alexandre Dumas. Literary adaptations continue with La masseria delle allodole (2007), presented at the Berlin Film Festival in the section 'Berlinale Special'. Their film Caesar Must Die won the Golden Bear at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012.

180 Padre Padrone (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 1977, 114') -Archaic - 3/10/2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, 19 Aug. 2014
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Great film - really loved it. Service was great too and it arrived very fast
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