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379 Ratings



Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Russia, 2004
Documentary, Short


This film depicts one day of an operating factory. It consists of two parts: the first one is called Steel, the second, Plaster. Metal produced by people enslaves them and reduces their lives to pure reflexes. Masculine and feminine, hard and soft, whole and fragmented.

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Factory Directed by Sergei Loznitsa

Critics reviews

Its two sections (“Steel” and “Plaster”) are characterized by a hypnotic repetition, human movement subsumed into steady, clockwork rhythms (and the implications of such). A rare moment of frustration—a woman sighing in irritation—offers a glimpse of elided humanity, but the wheel continues to turn; fragmented movement resumes anew.
February 27, 2017
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Though mostly set in industrial interiors—first in a steelworks in the Urals whose workforce is entirely male, second in a neighboring clay mill whose employees are all seemingly female—this still feels very much like one of its director’s landscape films, something heightened by the gorgeously framed wide shots that open and conclude it.
August 03, 2015
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