Taking the demise of a textile factory in Austria’s Waldviertel region as its starting point, with the antiquated manufacturing plant initially shown in full operation, this film poses the question of what work means for people’s self-image and character.
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Great format for the story of our times. Of normal people who do what needs to be done and get left on the side.
Sadly could not see the last 30 minutes but the rest was a solid performance, with suitable format for the message and sometimes brilliant photography. Impressed by the impact of inserted black cuts.
A documentary filmed over a ten year period, this shows the effect of an economic downturn on various inhabitants of a relatively small town.
What could be dull and repetitive becomes engrossing and engaging as viewers become attached to certain characters, watching how their lives unfold, and understanding how the minor pleasures can become important frameworks of support.
Excellent. It really didn't feel like it was 3 hours long. In fact I may go back and watch it again, to remind myself how people were at the start. Looking at the lives of a few people over 10 years, all starting in the same run down factory. Their employment, their unemployment, their dogs, their gardens, things that matter to them. Mundane beauty. Fascinating. Yes, back to the beginning for me.
I love this film-maker. Having admired Our Daily Bread and Homo Sapiens, I was grateful to MUBI for offering this. It asks for your patience, and rewards it in spades. A beautiful human document, that just gets more and more moving as it goes on.
The Austrian equivalent, perhaps, of Hank Hill with his propane and propane accessories. Imagine if "as dull as ditch water" was a positive, affirmative, even celebratory description. Geyrhalter is a wizard in his ability to make the humdrum interesting, even scintillating. And it's not just how human drama plays out upon faces, it's the materialist praxis too! Sit with the boredom until it creeps into the sublime.
I love it when I can feel the filmmakers' care for their subjects, and with this film I found myself developing this relationship with the people in it as well. There's something beautiful about experiencing all of that. This is one of the easiest 3 hours I've had viewing a film, and I definitely appreciate the amount of time the filmmakers devoted to it as well.