The Work

Directed by Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous

Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, The Work follows three men during four days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.


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  • ★★★½ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd

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  • ★★★★★ review by Simon Di Berardino on Letterboxd

    After it ended I called my Dad and told him I loved him.

  • ★★★★ review by Brian Tallerico on Letterboxd

    A man makes a sound in this film I've never heard before. It's something else. The most fascinating thing is how many of the men seem to express some sort of doubt or unwillingness just before they break, as if that vocalized denial is actually a part of the process of healing. You have to lie to yourself before you can get to the truth.

  • ★★★★ review by Peter Labuza on Letterboxd

    Exorcistic by nature, as I discuss on my Top 5 of 2017 podcast here. To fight back against one criticism I saw elsewhere, this is of course not a film filled with neatly framed images, but it does what cinema is supposed to do: capture bodies in all their emotions. We don't live in a world of #OnePerfectShots; we should not ask our documentaries to do so. We do live in one in which bodies are continually moving, breathing, expanding, closing, touching, releasing—and the cameras capture that to their full extent here.

  • ★★★★ review by Hollie Horror on Letterboxd

    Don’t watch this on a plane if you are uncomfortable crying in front of strangers.

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