My sole motivation for watching this was its appearance in a book by Steven Jay Schneider 1001 films to see before you die. This film would be extremely close to being the last film you want to see on that list. With sparse dialogue throughout you are relying on the events portrayed to draw you in yet they are tedious at best and laden with sickening animal cruelty. The oldest child asks his father at point "What's hell?", I couldn't help thinking this film. It has similarities with Pather Panchali however the difference is Pather Panchali is actually good.
As far as I'm concerned its current IMDB score is misleading, a complete misrepresentation of the deficiencies of the film.