There's a necessary discourse around portrayals of hardship, on the line between document & exploitation. But how arrogant to suggest that a lack of narration makes this the latter? As if a few words could neatly contextualize these horrors for the hand-wringing viewer. Or that extraordinary production is somehow inherently trivializing? In what simplistic world does good=pretty & bad=ugly? Not unproblematic but, 4.5
Superior a su anterior documental. Glawogger aparenta hacer un eco de ese mismo, muy a pesar el tratamiento es distinto. En lugar de un paralelismo de historias, estas (en menor cantidad) son consecutivas. Nuevamente se intenta asistir a ese postulado del trabajo como supervivencia trágica, mas hay un lado optimista latente, uno que se proyecta en ese bienestar de los colectivos laborales. No existe aquí la miseria.
Glawogger's masterpiece is this incredible document on labour, the effect of globalization and what man must do to just survive. 5 aptly named chapters examine extreme situations in Ukraine, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan and China. The film is both awe inspiring and nausea inducing at times; but Glawogger's silent observation is masterful. Aided by rich cinematography and a perfect score by John Zorn.
BROTHERS: "God gave us this task. The job is death itself. Death is always with us. We have to defeat our fear or we can't do this work. But what choice does one have?" LIONS: "We are born into suffering because in this country nothing is as it should be. So everyone here does his job patiently. And if God in His infinite mercy should bestow us with success, so be it! Skin! Innards! Heads!"
Disturbing for all the wrong reasons. Well intentioned...but exploitive. I'm not sure where Glawogger is truly coming from, what he(or a lot of other documentary filmmakers) now want to achieve...I think imaginary, creative films that combat or depict WHY we live this way would be more beneficial. We need protest art. Not poverty or suffering porn.
a cross between the encouraging crop of atmospheric docs in the 21st century (like "iraq in fragments") and the realist expose novels of the 19th century (like "germinal"). balances a number of paradoxes remarkably well - between dignity and exploitation, between beauty and abjection, between progress and tradition. the focus is on the actual labor - its dangers, rhythms and meanings. beware of graphic animal deaths!