Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 07, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

In the Pit

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
84 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/02/07
director
Juan Carlos Rulfo
distributor
Kino International
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B+

With countless Mexican workers laboring to build a massive freeway in Mexico City, filmmaker Juan Carlos Rulfo patiently focuses on a handful of the souls who might otherwise be forgotten among the working anonymous in In the Pit. The soft-spoken, impressionistic documentary (with a hypnotic score built from the sounds of construction) climaxes with a six-minute helicopter-cam view of the colossal structure to which these somebodies have been dedicating their sweat, and sometimes their very lives. And the experience of grasping the scale of something so big, built by so many so small, is awe inspiring. B+

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