Hard Labor (2015)
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Critic Reviews for Hard Labor
At its best, the film has the quality of a nightmare, one that keeps happening whether the characters are asleep or awake.
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."
The film's brittle and quiet, on occasion touched with the techniques of horror.
Although some of the detours into thriller territory feel forced, it builds a quiet tension around its characters and their uncertain future.
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.
Audience Reviews for Hard Labor
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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