In the Pit (2007)
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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.
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.
The workers are upstaged by their work. And the film is a tribute to impressive labor -- its own.
Equally as perplexing as its lack of perspective is the film's overall shortage of information.
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.
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[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]
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