REVIEW – In The Pit (2006)

Videovista have my review of Juan Carlos Rulfo’s In The Pit (a.k.a. En El Hoyo).

The film is a documentary about the building of a massive motorway overpass through Mexico City, a massive public works project that has been going on for years, employs thousands of workers in terrible conditions and which quite possibly will not make any difference to the city’s gridlock problems as the more roads you build the more people are encouraged to drive their cars.

This should have provided a fantastic backdrop for a documentary filled with Sisyphean themes but unfortunately, Rulfo decided to place the focus of his documentary on the experience of the workers and the workers turn out not to be particularly insightful either about themselves or the project they are working on.  In fact, all they really seem to have to say is that they’d rather be getting laid and high than working and that their co-workers all take it in the arse.  Hilarious.   Disappointing but a beautifully realised DVD release.