Most of this movie is a solid drama about what happens to a group of workers when their livelihood is taken away from them spiced up with a surprise music number and some personal behind-the-scenes lives and philosophical discussions, but the movie is also long and probably has scenes that could have been removed but that also give the film a very documentaric feel even when it's not.
Starts off well, and has a lot to say about society and the class structure, but things sadly start to fall apart just over the halfway point with too many separate elements that don't feel important enough to be spending time on. A wonderfully bizarre musical number helps brighten things up again before the end credits.
There is some vibrant shit happening with film in Portugal (& a few other places) lately... Three of the most consistent hours of cinema I've seen strung together in a while. Uncanny editing. Pinho refers back to these abandoned cinematic/political moments & comes out like their rightful heir, w/ something perfectly updated, as though he found/tapped into those same currents. Musical number worthy of Tsai Ming-Liang
wenn auch geduld gefragt ist und mensch anfangs nicht weiß , wohin die reise geht - es lohnt sich absolut, dran zu bleiben bei dieser perle des portugiesischen kinos, denn dieser streifen hat so einige überraschungen parat! er geht das tragische thema austerität und verarmung warmherzig aber durchaus auch mit einer guten portion humor an - absolut sehenswert!
A remarkably fluid 'blue-collar' film on the adventures of labor in the age of capital migration and increasing privatization. Fusing elements from the pool of Godard and to a lesser extent neo-realism, it brings face to face Marxian philosophy of history (what a great device: KM as onlooker/helper!) with flesh and blood workers -their agonies, despair, dignity, animality, division and unity. Chapeau, Mr. Pinho!
Definitely worth its length and something that personally doesn’t feel long for me, as Pedro Pinho’s method is very accessible and his film and its discourse fascinating and urgent. What stands out above all is the positivity of the film, and the hope (and moments of fun!) it gives its characters and its viewers, which I absolutely loved.
Somewhat between a Dardennes brother and a Godard political film. Works well and manages to seamlessly integrate what looks like real documentary footage in the fiction footage. The self referential footage of filming the fiction footage are unobtrusive but did not add much for me.
Exploring workers' rights in an age of mechanisation and recession, this isn't always an easy watch. But it's played with spirit, filmed with integrity and is pleasingly full of surprises. Blurring the fiction/documentary lines (it features non-professional actors), it's spiced with eccentricities: alongside Marxist theorising, we get ostriches and even a song- and-dance number. Pretty interesting and cool to see.
Para uma fábrica de nada, está bastante cheia de emoções e sensações. A longa duração e cenas imersivas como que me levaram para dentro da acção, fazendo-me sentir como se estivesse a assistir em primeira mão a toda a história; parece que senti o hálito do Zé a Super Bock. O simbolismo latente cravejou certas cenas na minha mente, de onde não sairão tão depressa, e quiçá nunca.
Cru, simples, suficiente. Uma narrativa que se constrói sem rodeios. Uma espécie de documentário capaz de transmitir a necessidade de união, a força da mesma em momentos chave e, de forma profundamente desinquietante, capaz de transmitir a desvalorização dos trabalhadores e dos seus direitos.
3.5 So much potential.And indeed many truly fantastic moments.But it doesnt quite live up to the promise of the 1st half:a realistic,focused tale of workers struggle against their bosses.The political side of it makes little sense.Many scenes are meaningless (esp. the romantic ones) & the musical sequence was jarring.Too many improbabilities & wandering: it tries to say too much & loses focus.Still: what a brave film
Digital. A friend called it orthodox and it's indeed, especially in its construction, which some called modern, perhaps because they ignore that the films where the articulation between documentary modes and fictional processes are from long ago. Here there's a righteous discursiveness with the characters-actors, articulated with spaces, matters and theory, making it a fair film, including Demy's moment. Great cast.