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The Work

United States, 2017


Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, “The Work” follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts.

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The Work Directed by Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous

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  • Matt Richards's rating of the film The Work

    WOW! What an emotional roller-coaster. Rich with humour and deep with pain. Drop by drop the water pot is filled. It's camera work is as rough around the edges as the characters on screen but make no mistake the intensity and desire to get at the self is razor-sharp. 5 stars

  • JCPJD's rating of the film The Work

    Without mentioning it once, this film explains in some part the toxic shadow masculinity that imprisons all men - figuratively and literally. The bravery of these men in facing their wounds is humbling and inspiring. The filmmakers honour the work in simply capturing it. There are no artistic asides, no cinematic flourishes, no releases. The camera knows where to go - and goes there. Simple, powerful, impressive.