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This documentary about men and women performing brutal work tasks for next to no money is full of arresting and eloquent images.
There's scant dialogue in Workingman's Death, but little is needed when majestic camera work by Wolfgang Thaler tells the story so well.
It's not exactly a good time at the movies, and even as pure education, it's a rather dull film with very little dialogue.
Michael Glawogger's glamorized documentary observes laborers from around the world going to hell and back, day after day, year after year, to eke out subsistence livings.
Glawogger is an extraordinarily elegant filmmaker with a photographer's eye for striking compositions.
Glawogger's film may be thematically loose-jointed, but Wolfgang Thaler's cinematography is the glue.
It's a rewarding film with some elements I may never forget.
Labor as decorative and devoid of meaning.
Visually, technically, the film is undeniably a work of art, with all aspects -- sound, editing, cinematography, music -- coming together in a stunning symphony.
The patina of this avant-garde exercise is swanky and alluring, but chip away at it and you will expose a hollow center.
Comes soaked in good old-fashioned humanist respect for the dignity of labor, but eventually grows a little monotonous.
Astonishingly powerful documentary about really, really hard work.
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