Taking the demise of a textile factory in Austria’s Waldviertel region as its starting point, with the antiquated manufacturing plant initially shown in full operation, this film poses the question of what work means for people’s self-image and character.
Acclaimed documentarian Nikolaus Geyrhalter returned to Waldviertel for 10 years to film this one-of-a-kind, sprawling portrait of a region transformed year after year by economic turmoil. You powerfully get to know these people literally across time as they deal with wages and aging.
I love this film-maker. Having admired Our Daily Bread and Homo Sapiens, I was grateful to MUBI for offering this. It asks for your patience, and rewards it in spades. A beautiful human document, that just gets more and more moving as it goes on.
I love it when I can feel the filmmakers' care for their subjects, and with this film I found myself developing this relationship with the people in it as well. There's something beautiful about experiencing all of that. This is one of the easiest 3 hours I've had viewing a film, and I definitely appreciate the amount of time the filmmakers devoted to it as well.
A documentary filmed over a ten year period, this shows the effect of an economic downturn on various inhabitants of a relatively small town.
What could be dull and repetitive becomes engrossing and engaging as viewers become attached to certain characters, watching how their lives unfold, and understanding how the minor pleasures can become important frameworks of support.
Excellent. It really didn't feel like it was 3 hours long. In fact I may go back and watch it again, to remind myself how people were at the start. Looking at the lives of a few people over 10 years, all starting in the same run down factory. Their employment, their unemployment, their dogs, their gardens, things that matter to them. Mundane beauty. Fascinating. Yes, back to the beginning for me.