A Bread Factory

Patrick Wang / 2018 / 122 minutes / 120 minutes / Spine # 24

Part I

After 40 years of running The Bread Factory, Dorothea (Tyne Daly) and Greta (Elisabeth Henry) are suddenly fighting for survival when a celebrity couple — performance artists from China — come to Checkford and build an enormous complex down the street catapulting big changes in their small town.

 

Part II

At The Bread Factory, they rehearse the Greek play, Hecuba. But the real theatrics are outside the theater where the town has been invaded by bizarre tourists and mysterious tech start-up workers. There is a new normal in Checkford, if it is even really Checkford any longer.


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  • "A major new work by a singular American artist. A Bread Factory has an immense cast, a deliberate pace and thematic ambition to spare — but it also has a ground-level, plain-spoken modesty that renders it hypnotic. Critic's Pick!"

    — Bilge Ebiri, The New York Times
  • "My favorite film of the year by far. As of this writing, I've seen both parts three times. With each viewing, I notice new things and am more moved by the characters... This film is miraculous, and we are lucky to have it."

    — Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
  • “A richly absorbing portrait of a community theater at a crossroads. A wondrously moving, thoughtful and inventive new movie. Wang is an unusually gifted and criminally undersung talent.”

    — Justin Chang, LA Times
  • “Endlessly warm, playful and lovable… Suggests the work of Richard Linklater, Christopher Guest, Robert Altman and Edward Yang. The film is utterly singular, though, the kind of work that will become a point of comparison itself.”

    — Alan Scherstuhl, LA Weekly
  • “A richness and complexity that rival Robert Altman at his best.”

    — Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
  • “A lovably oddball, ticklish and moving tapestry about the struggle to save a beleaguered community arts center… features a bitingly funny Janeane Garofalo… There’s nothing else out there like A Bread Factory, and that’s wholly a good thing.”

    — Richard Abele, The Wrap
  • "A mighty cinematic force. The distinctive premise of Patrick Wang’s A Bread Factory is matched by the audacity and the originality with which he realizes it.”

    — Richard Brody, The New Yorker
  • “A vibrant and moving drama that’s also an agreeably flaked-out ensemble comedy… It’s as if Eric Rohmer had made a Christopher Guest film… Tyne Daly is formidable.”

    — Owen Gleiberman, Variety
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