A BREAD FACTORY, PART ONE: FOR THE SAKE OF GOLD
PATRICK WANG | USA | 2018 | 122 MIN | NR
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A beautiful oddity in the field of American cinema, Patrick Wang’s A Bread Factory is one of the funniest and freshest films to come along in years. Divided into two feature-length parts, it’s a mini-epic, broad in scope but fine-grained in its details. The film centers on the residents of the fictional hamlet of Checkford, and particularly on partners Dorothea (Tyne Daly) and Greta (Elisabeth Henry), who have operated an arts center called The Bread Factory for 40 years. But Checkford is changing, and it’s up to Dorothea, Greta, and their various friends and neighbors to defend art and integrity against the forces of commerce and gentrification.
In Part One, partners Dorothea and Greta fight for the survival of The Bread Factory when a couple of celebrity performance artists from China take up residency down the street and threaten to gobble up the town’s limited arts funding. Meanwhile, The Bread Factory continues to host films, classes, and performances, acting as a hub for homegrown art enthusiasts, eccentric visiting artists, and even an egotistical movie star. Free-ranging, funny, and unexpectedly poignant, A Bread Factory, Part One is a rousing celebration of creativity and community.
Cast: Tyne Daly, Elisabeth Henry, James Marsters, Janeane Garofalo
“A small-scale wonder. This is a film you don’t so much watch as live in.” –The Hollywood Reporter