The hard labor and countless ingredients that go into making a can of First World ravioli are traced in "Canned Dreams," from Finnish nonfiction helmer Katja Gauriloff. Pic visits Brazil for the raw materials and Euro locations stretching from Portugal to the Ukraine for the animal and vegetable ingredients of the filled pasta. The onscreen toilers are heard in v.o. talking about their hard lives and hope for a better future, but pic's message and assembly remain too generic to achieve critical mass beyond fests and pubcasters.

The hard labor and countless ingredients that go into making a can of First World ravioli are traced in “Canned Dreams,” from Finnish nonfiction helmer Katja Gauriloff. Pic visits Brazil for the raw materials and Euro locations stretching from Portugal to the Ukraine for the animal and vegetable ingredients of the filled pasta. The onscreen toilers are heard in v.o. talking about their hard lives and hope for a better future, but pic’s message and assembly remain too generic to achieve critical mass beyond fests and pubcasters.

In the first, conveniently captioned segment, “Brazil — Metal,” a mother of 12 (though she gave nine kids “away to others”) is seen working, in constant danger, in a bauxite mine. In Europe, alcoholism, abandonment and marginalization are bigger problems, while some chapters, including “France — Eggs” and “Italy — Olive Oil,” remain wordless. Shots of workers facing the camera, brutal animal butchery and rivers of floating red fruit recall Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s “Our Daily Bread,” though Gauriloff’s use of music, voiceover and location names undermine the idea of anonymous food globalization, with the narration adding no compensatory insight. Docu’s 16mm lensing is serviceable.

Canned Dreams

Finland

Production

An Oktober Oy presentation and production, in association with Final Cut for Real, Bando a Parte, YLE, Arte France, Al Jazeera. (International sales: Deckert Distribution, Leipzig, Germany.) Produced by Joonas Berghall. Co-producers, Anne Koehncke, Signe Byrge Sorensen, Rodrigo Areias. Directed by Katja Gauriloff. Written by Gauriloff, Joonas Berghall, Jarkko T. Laine, based on an original idea by Sami Keski-Vahala.

Crew

Camera (color, 16mm-to-HD), Heikki Farm, Tuomo Hutri; editor, Timo Peltola; music, Karsten Fundal. Reviewed on DVD, Berlin, Feb. 19, 2012. (In Berlin Film Festival -- Culinary Cinema.) Running time: 78 MIN.

With

Neuci de Souza, Sebastian Laustsen, Lise Lorenzen, Andrzej Biskup, Maria Rosa, Kryvochenko Roman, Zubareva Valentina, Damitoiv Victor, Dumitru Florentina. (Portuguese, Danish, Ukrainian, Polish, Romanian dialogue)
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