(out of 5)
Original title: Unser Taglich Brot
The food industry has taken quite a beating from documentary films over the last few years, but this one has a very interesting method in observing its subject: it is a completely wordless, purely observational experience in which director Nikolaus Geyrhalter points his cameras at various aspects of food production without any commentary or interviews. Massive machines, tired employees and giant fields of crops are peered at by a filmmaker looking to explore the impersonal nature with which our food is manufactured and brought to our table. The lack of discernible human voice can be a little bit annoying at times; there are moments when an explanation of a certain process could be clarified to our benefit, but otherwise it is a very sobering film and almost a spiritual one, a farm-themed Baraka that overcomes you with its hypnotic rhythm and vast visual scope. It will challenge your patience from time to time, but give yourself up to its mesmerizing quality and you will find yourself learning quite a bit.
Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Screenplay by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Wolfgang Widerhofer
Cinematography by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Production Design by Fabian Geyrhalter
Film Editing by Wolfgang Widerhofer