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9 Ratings


Directed by Kazik Radwanski
Canada, 2017


Canada. Recent immigrants work on a scaffolding. In order to break their routine they observe the people beneath them, from a unique, precarious and ephemeral point of view.

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Scaffold Directed by Kazik Radwanski
Simply described, the approach suggests the dourly ominous early sessions of Michael Haneke’s The Seventh Continent, when in reality Scaffold’s sneaky playfulness is more like the outsider’s comedy of Jerzy Skolimowski’s Moonlighting compressed into fifteen minutes. Its closing view of cheering strangers and fresh vantage points is the Toronto I happily keep coming back to year after year.
September 17, 2017
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That professional fear of breaking the client’s refined things is presented in other funny scenarios across the film… Radwanski isn’t going after any obvious class division here, but his restrained and authentic approach to showing a small, simple glimpse into the laborers’ lives does all the work for him.
September 13, 2017
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Certain filmmakers demand that we come to an understanding of their films simply by watching them. That is, they teach us how to make sense of their structure once we give them our attention. The title is a bit of a pun. Our understanding of the film builds from moment to moment. The film is equal to the completion of its given task. However, it is also people-oriented. It contains notions of “home” and “away.” It waves hello to passing kids. Think of it as working class structuralism.
September 07, 2017
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  • Lucas Granero's rating of the film Scaffold

    En el desafío (¿bressoniano, podríamos decir?) de hacer del registro de las manos el medio más preciso para poner en escena aquello que tal vez un rostro volvería demasiado obsceno, Scaffold triunfa en su elogio a los pequeños gestos. Hay una nobleza que se desprende de las acciones que realizan tanto los trabajadores como el propio cineasta, quien construye su película junto a ellos observando, escuchando, escalando

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