the observational piece, shot with great discipline, and without trying to eXplain much is a really beautiful piece. The director maintains a distance and is editing the film with the rhythm evocative of the action being done. The use of music, at least in the beginning was a bit annoying but it all comes together eventually. The patience in the filming and editing is commendable.
Incredibly challenging endurance test of a documentary in which fixed frame setups are interspersed by end of film reel effects. Dull repetitiveness is only leavened by the richness of some of these shot compositions, that allow the viewer to fall into an almost hypnotic viewing experience. As much as these kinds of film projects are admirable, I'm not sure who the audience for them really is.
Beautiful and one of a kind... Excellent visuals and sound. It somehow manages to express the rhythm and monotony of sugar cane harvester's work... I enjoyed the lack of narration, and to my surprise I was interested how the next scene and stage of the process would be...
This film made me realise that a static camera forces a viewer to think and feel, whereas a constantly moving camera does the thinking and feeling for you. I could really feel the heat and also could appreciate how those clean clothes must have felt at the end of the shift !
This documentary-style film shows us the jobs of those involved in the Sugar Cane cutting industry of South America. It's a pleasure to the ears and eyes of the viewer, using beautifully composed imagery and well-designed sound editing to create a fascinating rhythm to tell, and allow us to feel, the story of those involved in the different stages of the operation.
I think maybe this movie is about methodology because all you got is to watch how the sugarcane harvesting works. The ritual of hand cutting and burning the plantation in order for the tractors to pick it up. With no music and no dialogues all you can do is to imagine how hot and exhausting this kind of work must be.