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Critic Reviews for Machines
This is not an easy film to watch but it is an important one.
The dissonance of colorful fabrics and clanking, hellish physical toil makes for a powerful portrait of dehumanized labor conditions in a globalized economy.
A bracingly physical documentary about the true cost of cheap labor.
A film so obedient to current academic fashions in both politics and cinema aesthetics that it ends up feeling both contrived and a bit dishonest.
Prettified squalor has become sadly familiar in global documentary filmmaking. In "Machines," even at barely more than an hour, the style leads to diminishing returns.
Audience Reviews for Machines
In Cinema, a picture is really worth a thousand words, and this is a visually arresting and piercing look into the daily work of laborers at a gigantic textile factory in India, exposing in a mostly silent way the ugly exploitation and ungrateful conditions to which they are submitted.
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