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In the Pit (2005)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 22
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 6

Although this doc is shot in a simple style, it is a touching and fascinating look at the lives of Mexican laborers.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 4

Although this doc is shot in a simple style, it is a touching and fascinating look at the lives of Mexican laborers.



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The hardships of a Mexico City construction crew struggling to complete a second deck atop the massive Periférico Freeway are explored in director Juan Carlos Rulfo's studied look at the modern work ethic. As countless drivers zoom past the enormous worksite day after day, the anonymous workers toil away in a relentless drive to finish construction on the massive freeway addition by the scheduled completion date of December 2005. Despite the long hours and sometimes harsh working conditions,

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If you've ever been fascinated by a large and complex construction site, Juan Carlos Rulfo's oddly affecting documentary may offer a kind of blue-collar bliss.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Like the highway these men are building, Rulfo's film sails above the larger context that would actually bring emotional meaning to the lives he wants to celebrate.

April 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The workers are upstaged by their work. And the film is a tribute to impressive labor -- its own.

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Equally as perplexing as its lack of perspective is the film's overall shortage of information.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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With countless Mexican workers laboring to build a massive freeway in Mexico City, filmmaker Juan Carlos Rulfo patiently focuses on a handful of the souls who might otherwise be forgotten among the working anonymous.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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You long for more context on both workers and project, though a breathtaking five-minute-plus helicopter shot along the snaking concrete-and-iron colossus at the close helps distract from any moans.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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something truly amazing

January 12, 2008 Full Review Source:

Life on the freeway is hell, but what comes next for these workers might be worse.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A fascinating and eye-opening chronicle of work and class issues in contemporary Mexico.

April 6, 2007

Simple and often touching.

April 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

A terrific film.

February 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[Director] Rulfo's simple strategy of sticking close to his subjects and allowing them to wax philosophical about their lives and labors pays off.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Though earnest, 'In the Pit' does not take off.

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Juan Carlos Rulfo's In the Pit is a documentary defined by symbiosis.

December 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Formally elegant depiction of lives of ordinary workers involved with mammoth construction project.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source:

After 45 minutes of seeing this hard work, we get the point.

January 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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Audience Reviews for In the Pit

[font=Century Gothic]"In the Pit" is an insightful documentary about the building of the second deck of the Pereferico Freeway in Mexico City, focusing on men(and one woman) who worked on the immense project.(It should be noted that there is a sort of hyper-masculinity infecting the workers. One even spent his time spying on passing female motorists.) Through this, there forms an incisive portrait of the class system of Mexico. To start, the construction crews were mostly from the lower and working classes who risked their lives working below, on(while dodging traffic) and above the ground. Building another deck was a particularly bourgeois solution to the traffic woes as most people who own a car are at least of the middle class. By comparison, the workers take buses to and from the site. I do not think the second deck will even alleviate traffic in the long run, as it will just lead to more cars taking to the roads.(For more information, read "The Power Broker" by Robert Caro.) and therefore to more pollution. [/font]
March 28, 2008
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