The Nothing Factory (A Fábrica de Nada)


The Nothing Factory (A Fábrica de Nada) (2017)



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One night a group of factory workers realize that their employer is stealing its own machines and raw materials. They organize to guard the equipment and keep production from being moved elsewhere. As a form of retaliation the workers are forced to stand at their workstations doing nothing, while the negotiations for a general layoff go on. This immense pressure leads to several outbursts, as the world around them collapses. THE NOTHING FACTORY invites us to reflect on the role of work in a time when the economic crisis has become the dominant form of government. It is a hymn to disempowering impotence and a pitiable musical.


Critic Reviews for The Nothing Factory (A Fábrica de Nada)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (1)

A grainy, nearly three-hour opus that unexpectedly morphs from vérité-like neorealist drama into that unicorn of cinematic genres: a neorealist musical.

Jun 1, 2017 | Full Review…

The director manages to turn everything upside down to discuss both the rules of each film genre and society itself... [Full Review in Spanish]

May 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The result is a passionate piece of work where a viewer has no choice, but to submerge oneself into the the workers. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

[Director] Pedro Pinho and his collaborators... portray all those moments of uncertainty, waiting and gatherings with documentary naturalism... [Full review in Spanish]

May 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

One of the most exciting cinematic experiences in years. [Full Review in Spanish]

Apr 25, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Its cerebral approach works better during sequences that are less dependent on narrative and more essayistic in nature.

Mar 28, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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