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About the Movie
Today's manual laborers are no longer celebrated with hymns of praise. They must be content with encouraging one another that backbreaking work is better than no work at all... In the Ukraine, a group of men spend long days crawling through cramped shafts of illegal coal mines. Sulfur gatherers in Indonesia brave the smoky heat of an active volcano and the treacherous trip back down. Blood, fire and stench are routine for workers at a crowded open-air slaughterhouse in Nigeria. Pakistani men use little more than their bare hands to dismantle an abandoned oil tanker for scrap metal. Steelworkers in China fear they could be a dying breed... Five portraits of heavy manual labor, increasingly less visible in our technological 21st Century.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 12
- Fresh: 9
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: 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.
Rotten: Comes soaked in good old-fashioned humanist respect for the dignity of labor, but eventually grows a little monotonous.
Fresh: Astonishingly powerful documentary about really, really hard work.
Fresh: Glawogger's film may be thematically loose-jointed, but Wolfgang Thaler's cinematography is the glue.