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  1. LAB ARBUTA's rating of the film Welfare

  2. bryanvmh's rating of the film Welfare

    Please listen is a hard thing to say over and over

  3. Bilouaustria's rating of the film Welfare

    CINEMA, 16mm _ Film monument. Three hours of discussions between social workers and a great mix of angry new yorkers. This is the heart of documentary filmmaking (even if you might find at first the topic not very sexy). Wiseman might have lost himself a bit into institutional works but this early feature might be his greatest accomplishment. "Welfare" is one the best portrait of America you will find.

  4. Nachtreich's rating of the film Welfare

  5. Il secondo maestro del revolver's rating of the film Welfare

  6. Illusion Travels By Streetcar's rating of the film Welfare

    "...comes as close as anybody to the MYTH of direct cinema..."

  7. Ivo Alexandre's rating of the film Welfare

    Le ton est donné dès les premiers plans du film; des citoyens américains lassés par l'attente, fatigués par la misère et révoltés par le système d'aide sociale américain, obligés cependant de s'y plier pour survivre. Wiseman les filme au plus proche et leur naturel est déroutant; quand il faut se battre avec seule arme la parole, l'image qu'on reflète est dérisoire.

  8. Samuel Andrade's rating of the film Welfare

    ★★★★★ a Beckettian horror movie of papers, budgets and Fair Hearings.

  9. Christopher McQuain's rating of the film Welfare

    ****1/2 I kept looking for Reagan's "welfare queens," but all I saw was desperate and disempowered applicants dealing with equally desperate and disempowered welfare screeners.... A more grueling (and necessary) vérité experience would be extremely difficult to come by....not even Allan King's DYING AT GRACE, which is incredibly intense and "real"/direct, doesn't reach quite the anxiety inducement of this one.

  10. Stefan Y's rating of the film Welfare

    Masterpiece. Wiseman doesn't "simply observe"; his cinema is patient, yes, but also passionately humanist. It explores and probes, locating people within institutions, humanity within inhumanity.

  11. Mike Spence's rating of the film Welfare

    Some of the most powerful "performances" ever. Wiseman is a national treasure.

  12. Angelo Dagonel's rating of the film Welfare

    Amazing documentary. The ending "monologue"!

  13. Doinel's rating of the film Welfare

    The overwhelming complexity of trying to manage an efficient social service organization. Wiseman doesn't have a political agenda, he simply observes. The results are absolutely draining.