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 thaistanley on Letterboxd

    SXSW 2017 #17 - You can make a double feature with this and Inside Out.

  • ★★★★½ review by Libby Banks on Letterboxd

    Fantastic documentary about a group therapy intensive in Folsom State Prison. Lots of stuff to unpack here about toxic masculinity and the ability of our justice system to rehabilitate vs punish, but I mostly like it for being the most stirring portrayal of the transformative power of group therapy that I've seen on screen. Super-recommend.

  • ★★★★½ review by Roman Rangel on Letterboxd

    ‘The Work’, ganador del premio del jurado en SXSW, es uno de los documentales más intensos de los últimos años. En él se retrata una sesión de terapia por 4 días en una prisión de máxima seguridad. La dinámica es fascinante; a través de un ambiente controlado un grupo de civiles obtiene acceso a la prisión y forma equipos con los reos (algunos de ellos ya tienen experiencia y apoyan con la sesión).

    La cinta muestra una catarsis emocional de extraordinario poder y nos adentra en las vidas de hombres que difícilmente lidian con sus emociones. Sin duda, esta es una de las mejores películas del 2017.

  • ★★★★ review by Cody Villafana on Letterboxd

    SXSW '17 - Wow. Incredibly powerful. Amazing to watch these men not only confront serious emotional barriers, but the fact that a "safe" place was created within the confines of a prison with convicts. This is some emotionally raw, real stuff. Fantastic documentary.

  • ★★★★ review by seanmalin on Letterboxd

    SXSW Review for The Austin Chronicle:

    www.austinchronicle.com/daily/sxsw/2017-03-16/sxsw-film-review-the-work/

    Amazing piece of documentary filmmaking.

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