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In the Pit (2007) 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… 2007-02-02 Unrated PT84M Documentary Kino International
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In the Pit (2007)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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BUILDING CHARACTERS Pit focuses on the ''little people'' in Mexico responsible for creating a big public works project
BUILDING CHARACTERS Pit focuses on the ''little people'' in Mexico responsible for creating a big public works project
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Feb 02, 2007; Rated: Unrated; Length: 84 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Kino International

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+

Originally posted Feb 02, 2007 Published in issue #921 Feb 16, 2007 Order article reprints