THE WORK

OUT 8 septem­ber / CERT 15 / 89 mins Di­rec­tors Jairus Mcleary, Gethin Al­dous Cast Brian Nazarof, Charles Tate Jr, Chris Ren­ton

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FOL­SOM PRISON — AN in­sti­tu­tion so no­to­ri­ous Johnny Cash wrote a blues song about it — of­fers weekly group ther­apy to in­mates look­ing for change; twice a year, mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to join them. This doc­u­men­tary, set al­most en­tirely in one room, fol­lows three par­tic­i­pants in what must be the most un­ortho­dox form of ther­apy avail­able. ini­tially cyn­i­cal about the process, the non-con­victs quickly prove more vul­ner­a­ble than the pris­on­ers, each find­ing cathar­tic and some­times vi­o­lent break­throughs. An hour-and-a-half of burly men openly weep­ing might not sound like fun, but The Work’s clar­ity of form of­fers pro­found in­sights into mas­culin­ity — in­side prison and out.

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