• Michael

    ★★★½ Watched by Michael 06 Mar, 2011

    A slightly Dickensian story of a boy finding his way in the world as he learns to sacrifice sentiment for practicality and family for advantage. Beautifully filmed as well.


  • nicolas1810

    ★★★ Watched by nicolas1810 06 Jun, 2014

    Να ξαναπώ για τα ξένα παιδάκια που προφανώς τρώνε όλο το φαγητό τους-σε αντίθεση με τα Ελληνάκια, με αποτέλεσμα να δίνουν καταπληκτικές ερμηνείες? 'Η να ξαναπώ ότι οι αλήτες ξένοι σκηνοθέτες είναι μάλλον καλύτεροι από τους δικούς μας?


  • Cecil

    ★★★ Watched by Cecil 11 Dec, 2013

    I watched a Catalan movie in Castilian with English subtitles (!).

    Almost anything I say about plot summary will just be spoilers, but the story concerns a boy growing up in poverty in fascist Spain trying to uncover secrets. But Pa negre isn't noir enough for one to focus on the detective-style plot. What it's really about is idealism: the ideal of perseverance as moral strength or conviction, the ideal of honesty as an absolute good, the ideal of the…


  • Mario

    ★★½ Watched by Mario 05 Jun, 2013

    Melodrama catalán doblado al español. Sí, así como se lee. Obvias y dramáticas consecuencias de la guerra pero con el extra de estar tejidas con el delgado hilo de la intriga y la tragedia. Normal, pues.


  • Álvaro Gómez

    ★★★★★ Added by Álvaro Gómez

    Una obra impecable y poderosa, de fuerza extraordinaria y honestidad admirable. Aproximación oscura y dolorosa al horror de la guerra y el mundo rural que huye de maniqueísmos y deja que la fantasía se filtre por sus poros.


  • Roman Rangel

    ★★★½ Added by Roman Rangel

    "Pa Negre" es la cinta catalana que representa a España en la siguiente entrega de los Oscares. Es una historia de emociones complejas donde un padre es condenado por un asesinato y el hijo es forzado a descubrir secretos en su familia que lo marcaran de por vida. La pelicula se mueve como una novela introduciendo a los personajes que viven en un poblado catalan despues de la guerra y las consecuencias de la familia (el punto de vista es…


  • dgreene33

    ★★★★ Added by dgreene33

    Nice film that touches on several difficult subjects, namely the humiliation (and for some, real hopelessness) of poverty and what one will do to provide for their family. Also the hypocrisy of "ideals", and ultimately, how far should one go to "defend" them? I'll never find myself in a civil war so I will never know.


  • Mostly Film

    Watched by Mostly Film 10 Oct, 2011

    Some of the story threads, such as the hint of sex abuse by the local school teacher, don’t come to anything, and I’m guessing that they featured more prominently in the original books by Emili Teixidor. Read more at: mostlyfilm.com/2011/10/10/london-spanish-film-festival-2011/


  • Michael Green

    ★★★★ Added by Michael Green

    A dark tale of the social impact the Civil War had on the lives of people in a Catalonian village as told through the eyes of a young boy who is trying to make sense of the stories and fables he hears from the adults. Some great performances, particularly from the wide-eyed young lead. The story unravels at a nice pace and while the complexity of the plot lost me a few times, it all came together at the end. Totally cleaned up at both the 2011 Goya Awards and (not surprisingly, the Gaudí Awards).