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Best in Beef

Netherlands, 1999 (MIFF 2000, Documentary)

Director: Rob Smits, Britta Hosman

Best in Beef juxtaposes surreal visions of hell in a slaughterhouse against abattoir workers eating at lunchtime. Images of blood-splattered faces between mouthfuls sit uneasily alongside the upstairs executive in suits, methodically eating while doing business on the phone. With a detached observational style and haunting score, Best in Beef as a moving documentary mediation on the nature of consumption.

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