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141 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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  • 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!!!!!"

  • 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.

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