Padre Padrone  [DVD]
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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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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.
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.
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
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
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I only saw the first 15 minutes or so of this film but could not stomach watching the violence against the child and the simulated sex scenes with the animals.Published 16 days ago by Barbara S.
Gripping film from beginning to end! Husband and I loved it! There is a tension that holds you in all the time! I recommend it!Published 3 months ago by R. Webb
I remember seeing this in the cinema and being unable to speak for almost an hour after. Deeply moving, an absolutely wonderful film.Published 5 months ago by Mr. P. T. Bale
INCOMPREHENSIBLE SUBTITLING. POOR PRODUCTION VALUES. STORY VAGUE & WITHOUT DIRECTION.Published 10 months ago by robert miller