Hard Labor

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Sinister events plague a woman (Helena Albergaria) and her husband (Marat Descartes) when they buy a grocery store.

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Critic Reviews for Hard Labor

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (1)

  • At its best, the film has the quality of a nightmare, one that keeps happening whether the characters are asleep or awake.

    April 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The filmmakers, largely forgoing a soundtrack, skillfully manipulate stillness, silence and anomie to unsettling effect - at times evoking the ambient dread and decay of, say, Roman Polanski's "Repulsion."

    October 29, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The film's brittle and quiet, on occasion touched with the techniques of horror.

    October 29, 2015 | Full Review…
  • [It] combines an undercurrent of horror (or more specifically the uncanny) with a realistic depiction of economic collapse, small-business labor/management tension, and a crisis in male identity, particularly among those made redundant.

    August 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Although some of the detours into thriller territory feel forced, it builds a quiet tension around its characters and their uncertain future.

    November 6, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Hard Labor is a smart, sneaky little shocker whose subtexts add depth to its haunted-house framework and pay off in a final scene that's both weirdly off-kilter and entirely logical.

    October 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hard Labor

  • Oct 02, 2011
    Unusual, interesting Brazilian film about the current labour market, told through three very different characters in the same household. The crumbling wall of Helena's store and the reason for it create an element of suspense, which struck me as unnecessary at first, but actually adds an interesting layer to the storytelling. The symbolism is a bit too much, however, and the characterizations too flat.
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