My gosh, this is a beautifully strange one. The consistency within its presentation and performances. The sudden "wtf" moments. The representation of the overwhelming problems of youth. The curious length of conversations that I couldn't help but wonder the necessity of. It needs to be screened with a crowd curious to experience this beautiful humorous butterfly the way it should be--with a live audience.
it was all the buzz last year and now i finally see what it was all about. Thank goodness for mubi giving me A Bread Factory, I can see why people liked it so. Rare kind of filmmaking, sure Altman would've been proud, but it's also just got the kind of strangeness that's risk taking these days.
This movie somehow escaped my attention but after watching it, now I know why. Thirty minutes in, I wondered if I was watching a different film than the one that scored a 90--rarified air--on Metacritic. The world presented here...oy, Lord of the Rings was more plausible. I thought for a while it was a Guffman-like satire. It isn't. The kids are all precocious. The adults are all gruff but lovable. Oof. Avoid this.
A movie that makes magic from crumbs about a theatre company trying to do the same thing within a modern capitalist society that views them as redundancies. Reliant on 16mm and a mixture of professional and semi-professional actors, ABF pits a community theatre against a pair of meretricious performance artists whose banalities are mistaken for profundity. A film for those who value meaning, voice, song and truth.
This film is the definition of if you have ever been involved in community theater. It shows the struggles behind the scenes of what it's like to run a theater , what it's like to get the youth involved and what it's like to have a passion for it. Although I can appreciate the style of the film and the drive of the characters. I didn't love it but , I didn't hate it. If it was on in a waiting room I would watch it.