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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Beautiful, profound B&W farm docu is mild but slow paced.

Movie G 2021 93 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 7+

Piggy Farm

I had a farm. We raised pigs and I loved them. That mother pig killing her baby was because he couldn't survive and thrive. We have given mouth to mouth to save our babies but sometimes they die and you cry. I always did. When we got our first pig and I realized their intelligence and individual personality I became a vegetarian but on doctor's insistence had to go back to meat although I am not thrilled with it. I loved all my farm animals who were part of my family.

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age 12+

Beautiful and heart breaking.

I allowed my 5 and 7 year old to watch it and they made it about 5 minutes in before begging me to change it. I think it’s more appropriate for teens. Loved the documentary. Hauntingly beautiful with a tragic ending. Now my husband and I are considering becoming vegetarians.

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Is It Any Good?

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This gorgeous farm documentary, filmed in black and white, is stripped to its core, with no music, narration, or even humans. But it somehow captures the rhythms, innovations, and even emotions of animals. Directed by Russian filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky, Gunda features such subtle, searching cinematography that it inspired Joaquin Phoenix to sign on as an executive producer and director Paul Thomas Anderson to call it "pure cinema," proclaiming that "it's what we should all aspire to as filmmakers and audiences."

The simple stories presented here, such as the pigs growing up and learning how to take care of themselves, are suddenly profound, with a truly heartbreaking ending, as mama pig winds up alone. The one-legged chicken comes across as wily and clever as he overcomes obstacles such as a fallen tree branch. And the cows' problem-solving and teamwork are positively inspiring. The movie's long shots can be hypnotic but also lulling, and it could be easy for viewers' minds to drift -- hopefully in tune with the movie's own rhythms. But, truthfully, even with very little iffy content, Gunda might be a bit too slow for smaller children.

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