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

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

  • ★★★★★ review by Felix Hubble: Boy Donkey on Letterboxd

    A basically flawless film, doubtful I'll see anything better anytime soon.

  • ★★★★ review by Hieu Chau on Letterboxd

    On a technical level it's incredible how well-edited this is. Rarely feels like a documentary. I teared up for most of the film and cried heaps towards the end so yeah, to say this affected me is an understatement.

  • ★★★★★ review by Chris Speddings on Letterboxd

    A Raw and visceral look, at a group counselling service in a American High Security Prison. There are so many moments in this film that go beyond the screen and affect the viewer. The cinematography, creates an intimate and insightful feel that actively involve you with the feelings and actions of these men. The sound also helps create this sense of incredible intimacy, capturing breathing, tiny movements and at one point heartbeats, really showing an intimate look at humanity. A must watch documentary.

  • ★★★★★ review by Heather Scott on Letterboxd

    What a way to start MIFF 2017. Incredible.

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