Padre Padrone
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Based on an autobiographical book by Gavino Ledda, Padre Padrone is filmed in Sardinian, a regional Italian dialect. The film concentrates on a young, barely literate shepherd boy, who lives under the thumb of his tyrannical peasant father. Rescued from his family--and his isolated lifestyle--when called for military service, the boy eventually emerges as a brilliant scholar. Filmmakers Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani have always displayed an uncanny knack for perfectly capturing the manners, mores and thought processes of Southern Italy's working poor. Though the protagonist's… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are some strikingly beautiful images, all in context, as we touch themes of father-son conflict and coming of age drama"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"a film of careful balances, setting raw nature against refined culture, and offering family drama that grips from start to finish without once resorting to sentimentality."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"One of the most intense and powerful childhood tales, based on Gavino Ledda's memoirs of growing up in Sardinia illiterate and brutalized by his father and how he became a famous writer and master of Greek and Latin."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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