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The Work

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At Folsom State Prison, convicts meet weekly for intensive mass therapy. They invite members of the public to join them for a four-day session. Where three men from abroad will participate in a four-day group retreat with a group of imprisoned men.
Release: 2017
IMDb: 7.8
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Duration: 89 min
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Observer (UK)
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December 28, 2017

Sceptics may enter Folsom with suspicion, but these are extraordinary scenes, so shocking and dynamic they might be mistaken for exorcisms.
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Alternate Ending
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December 23, 2017

Incredibly human and filled with a wisdom that only comes from great suffering.
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December 15, 2017

... The Work is a beautiful film, all the more so because of its willingness to step into the fear and find a raw, unremitting beauty in the witnessing of healing.
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Hammer to Nail
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February 06, 2018

There is serious work being done in The Work, and much good comes of it.
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RogerEbert.com
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October 25, 2017

By simply watching the participants talk about their feelings, sometimes in the vaguest of terms, McLeary illustrates how men build strong façades to conceal their pain from others and themselves.
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Cinema Scope
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March 21, 2018

The daring approach of McLeary and Aldous' filmmaking, completely immersive without trying to be invisible or to influence the chain of events, is ... proven to have been a risk worth taking.
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Los Angeles Times
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October 24, 2017

The movie valuably demonstrates how, for some, when it comes to rehabilitation, it's never too late to do "the work."
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New York Times
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October 26, 2017

Opening an aperture into a process so ego-stripping that it feels unseemly to witness, "The Work" is enlightening yet also punishing.
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Financial Times
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December 28, 2017

Never has a 4,000-year-old aphorism seemed more devastatingly of the moment. But the results are inspiring: it seems The Work works.
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TheWrap
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October 25, 2017

A simple, tense, gritty auditing of a collective unburdening that obviously brings some needed clarity, and the promise of rehabilitation, to some hurt, searching souls.
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Time Out
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September 07, 2017

Some context is lost in favour of a lot of weeping and wailing, but this remains an eye-opening experience.
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AV Club
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December 14, 2017

More than just an advertisement for the process depicted, The Work carries a profound, implicit point about a culture that encourages men to bottle up what they feel, then condemns them after those emotions express themselves in violent, destructive ways.
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