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The Take (2004)



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This is the story of working people who decide to fight back against a corrupt and brutal system. Against the backdrop of Argentina's historic economic collapse, the film chronicles the extraordinary story of workers and activists who take back their bankrupted businesses, and run them without bosses. To reclaim their lives and their dignity, they first have to face down the former owners, the trigger-happy police, and, in the midst of national elections, the prospect of a repressive government returning to power.
Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for The Take

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (14)

Neither slick nor sophisticated, but inspiring nonetheless.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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The Take plays out like a Frank Capra movie with the 'little people' taking on corrupt and indifferent officials. In the process the film strikes a strong blow for the dignity of labor and introduces an array of brave individuals.

Full Review… | April 14, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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This film puts a pained human face on the cost of the corporate status quo.

April 14, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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A success story? Yes, according to the Movement of Recovered Companies. No, according to the owners and the courts.

Full Review… | February 18, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
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A balance of fact and fury.

Full Review… | February 18, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein's film is antiglobalist advocacy journalism of the most muddled and romanticized stripe, almost dangerously naive in its simplistic presentation of complex political events.

Full Review… | February 4, 2005
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for The Take

A factory closes down in Argentina amidst economic disaster, the workers try to make it their own. Good, topical political documentary released a few years ago. Puts a refreshingly humanistic approach to the debate on globalization, with great people profiled to boot: providers of their families, struggling to make ends meet under a desperate political climate. It's a wonderful, inspiring journey, and one of the more genuinely affecting "man vs the system" stories in film. Plus, I like Naomi Klein. If you think you will like this, you probably will, as it covers a very, very terrifyingly significant aspect of the economy rarely portrayed in mainstream media.

Lester Yabut
Lester Yabut

Brilliant, if naturally one-sided. Though, deciding to come down hard on one side of the political fence when the other side is utterly monstrous, is something to be applauded. Especially considering America's utter neglect toward the hemisphere in which we honed our brutalizing tactics... this documentary brings to light an event that is nowhere close to the spotlight of the international media, yet utterly essential to understanding how we might rise above our current problems.

Daniel Hetteix
Daniel Hetteix

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Here is a story of the people. You think union histories are inspiring, look at what these workers did with an abandoned factory?

Nathan Swink
Nathan Swink

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