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Gunda

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Norway, USA

2021

Rated G • 1h 33m

Director Viktor Kossakovsky

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Genre Documentary

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A moving black-and-white documentary following the life of Gunda, a sow, and her companions: her piglets, two cows, and a one-legged chicken. In this pure representation of farm animals unimpeded by dialogue, filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky asks viewers to admire nature for its beauty, simplicity, and silence.

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83

The A.V. Club by A.A. Dowd

You won’t learn much from Gunda. It’s an arty pastoral mood piece, not an educational tool. Which is not to imply it lacks a philosophy.
91

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Gunda may be a meditational slow-burn, but as it unfurls its immersive audiovisual tapestry it hovers between non-fiction observation and lyrical insight, and to that end feels like an advancement of the nature documentary form.
90

Variety by Guy Lodge

Its radiantly beautiful imagery and gently immersive storytelling aren’t in service of a single browbeating message, but a broader, holistic view of where we and the animals we rear, use and consume fit into a single circle of life.
90

Screen Daily by Jonathan Romney

You don’t have to be an animal lover to appreciate the craft and the genuine poetic vision of a film which, though strictly unsentimental, is intensely moving, transfixing and quite genuinely unique.
88

LarsenOnFilm by Josh Larsen

It’s all incredibly immersive, to the point that these everyday farm animals—the sort that usually only receive a passing glance—begin to seem fascinatingly alien.
63

Slant Magazine by Keith Watson

By the time the credits roll on the film, we realize we’ve been watching not so much a sketch of the lives of farm animals as a threnody for their deaths.
100

The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

Sublimely beautiful and profoundly moving, it offers you the opportunity to look — at animals, yes, but also at qualities that are often subordinated in narratively driven movies, at textures, shapes and light.
90

The Hollywood Reporter by Sheri Linden

No party-line screed, Gunda is a soul-stirring meditation on some of our most underappreciated fellow earthlings. For many viewers, it could well be life-changing too.