A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold

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Epic yet intimate, A Bread Factory, Part One: For the Sake of Gold delivers the sprawling storytelling and nourishing drama audiences might expect from its imposing title.

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Forty years ago, Dorothea (Tyne Daly) and Greta (Elisabeth Henry) moved to the town of Checkford and bought an abandoned bread factory that they transformed into an arts space. Here they host movies, plays, dance, exhibits and artists. It's where civic groups and immigrant communities can meet, where there are after school programs for children. Now a celebrity couple-performance artists from China-have come to Checkford. They've constructed a huge building, the FEEL Institute, down the street. It is a strange sight for a small town. Dorothea and Greta learn about a new proposal to give all the funding from the school system for their children's arts programs to the FEEL Institute. Without this funding, the Bread Factory would not survive. They quickly rally the community to save their space. The commercial forces behind the FEEL Institute fight also, bringing a young movie star to town to help make their case. The school board meeting turns into a circus where the fate of the Bread Factory hangs in the balance.

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  • It's as if Eric Rohmer had made a Christopher Guest film - "Waiting for Guffman" recast as an ardent inquiry into what small-town American life has become.

    Oct 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This minimalist epic amply showcases Wang's gifts for Chekhovian-style drama infused with generous doses of subtle humor.

    Oct 26, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A warm and prickly humanist triumph that features no movie stars, disperses its attention across a large ensemble and feels meticulously handcrafted in every respect.

    Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "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.

    Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Through bursts of comedy, poignancy, conflict, song, dance, and theatrical whimsy, what emerges is akin to a homespun symphony of soulfulness.

    Oct 25, 2018 | Full Review…

    Robert Abele

    TheWrap
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  • The distinctive premise of Patrick Wang's new film, "A Bread Factory," is matched by the audacity and the originality with which he realizes it.

    Oct 24, 2018 | Full Review…

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