Our Daily Bread review

Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter casts an unblinking gaze on the food-processing industry in Europe with this sharp documentary. Across continental locations, fruit and vegetables are picked, crops harvested, fish gutted, pigs eviscerated, cows slaughtered… And in these fields and abattoirs, human beings calmly go about their jobs. Shot on high-definition video by Geyrhalter himself, Our Daily Bread dispenses with any voice-overs or talking heads, relying on ambient sound. The precisely composed result urges us to ponder the origins of the foodstuffs we wolf down each day.

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