Men at work

Men at work

DVD - 2006 | Persian
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Hold up: In this short film a robber is after more than money at a convenience store hold up.
Men at work: A comedy about four old friends who, driving back from a failed ski trip, encounter a strange and enormous rock by the side of the road above a lake. The men's frivolous attempt to dislodge the rock gradually disintegrates into a tale of betrayal, defeat and renewed hope.
Publisher: [Fair Lawn, N.J.] : Film Movement : RB Pub. [distributor, 2006]
Branch Call Number: DVD MEN4482
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (77 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Language Note: In Farsi with English subtitles.
Contents: Short film: Hold up / director, Madelein Olnek (6 min.).

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skinnyminnybean
Apr 16, 2018

Like "Waiting for Godot." It is absurd, I began to lose a "little" patience... long after the film, I find myself still thinking about it.

Marinetti Jan 12, 2017

This is a rather quirky and roughly hewn film, which can be rather funny if you watch it with no preconceptions, and take more interest in the characters than in the plot. The story pretense, is absurd, as advertised. Is it political? This must be obvious to Iranians. But life goes on around the four guys at the center of the story, in spite of the seemingly pointless obsession with the rock. Three of my friends watched this, and it didn't make much sense to them. The second time I watched it, I focused on the characters and fragments of their lives, artfully rendered as background to the rock. I still thought the camera work improved in the second half. Women in the story seemed peripheral to the lives of the men, although one of them who made a stronger impression, simply by being beautiful and traditionally deferential. Strangers who passed through the story randomly added texture and amusing moments. This film is absurd like some of the people whom we meet every day, who don't always pay attention to what is most important in their lives.
based on an idea by the late, great Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami.

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