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433 Ratings

Hard Labor

Trabalhar Cansa

Directed by Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas
Brazil, 2011


Young housewife Helena decides to open her first business: a grocery store. She hires Paula as a maid to take care of her home and daughter. When her husband is suddenly fired, work relations between these three characters change, and disturbing occurrences start to threaten Helena’s business.

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Hard Labor Directed by Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas

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  • SalmaanRafique's rating of the film Hard Labor

    Scary, to say the least. This system isn't sustainable. You have an existence when you have a job, and to get that job you have to damn your existence.

  • nica's rating of the film Hard Labor

    Strong critique of capitalism and, though its middle class family also suffers greatly, the film does not let them get away with their privileges and mistreatment of the working class. Another strong film by Marco Dutra and Juliana Rojas. The white preschool play with white children in blackface (though their faces were not entirely covered) depicting the abolition of slavery in Brazil was striking.

  • Jo's rating of the film Hard Labor

    Existential struggle of a disappearing middle class in Brazil or anywhere else. A “normal” life reduced to a temporary state of being in a voracious jungle. A gem of a movie, in-your-teeth realistic due to excellent acting in a solid script. Naloana Lima is the true star here, playing her role as favella girl.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Hard Labor

    A fierce analysis of the Horrors of the Market (capital M), exemplified both by the obscene rituals of the Neoliberal firm, with its subhuman imperatives ("networking!", "team building!", the human resources' urge to "role play!" and "scream"!) and the grocery store, haunted by the specter of exploitation. I find remarkable that most American critics completely missed the film subtext. This is a true survival horror.

  • saitosouta's rating of the film Hard Labor

    When seen from the outside, Brazilian film in 2010's reflects drastically changing economic situation & depicts people who are made a fool of by it, for example "The Second Mother," "Neon Bull," "Neighbouring Sounds." So this movie is exactly on this trend, but with Grand Guignol or old-dark-house-ish horror and deadpan humor, is attractively unique. Unexpectable end shouting "Rio 2016 Olympics FUUUUUUUUUUUCK!!!!!"

  • josé neves's rating of the film Hard Labor

    PC. The two animalities suggested in the film do not combine as well as in the film that the duo would make after, showing already a curious interest in lycanthropy. The literal one, coming from signs of fantastic and horror, is weaker, following only commonplaces; the other, the human(ity) as a social organization, in its anti-capitalist insurgency, is much more interesting, culminating in the final great scene.

  • Max Seqgar's rating of the film Hard Labor

    Wow! Loved it. Opens more questions thank closes, and yet leaves it all there laid out for proper discussion. Beautiful!

  • ana's rating of the film Hard Labor

    It's half-baked, the metaphor, the horror part, the characters. The metaphor looses its value with the director being too focused on the metaphor rather than the first side, the horror. It seems more like a couple who murdered someone, killed them, took their money and made themselves rich, rather than two people uncovering their aggresive, primal side and getting succesful because of it. 70% was ok, 30% undid it.

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