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The Odd-Job Men
Sis dies currents 2021 85 min.
The Odd-Job Men

Moha, a Moroccan man living in Spain, undertakes a one-week internship in order to get a steadier job as a plumber. He works with two men who have more experience but are also quite prejudiced. His boss, Valero, won’t shut up for a moment — he has something to say about everything. He also has his doubts about whether his clients, many of whom are quite conservative, will accept the new employee. Pep, on the other hand, is a total perfectionist who’s getting ready to retire. Over the course of six days, this offbeat, comical threesome is faced with a series of highly unusual situations, and everyone, the audience included, will have to re-evaluate beliefs that are often rooted in all-too-common ethnic and cultural stereotypes. Catalan director Neus Ballús, whose father was a plumber, spent years trying to make a film that would shine a light on the dense web of harmful prejudices encountered in everyday life. Full of wit and situational humor, the film portrays the working class in a naturalistic, quasi-documentary style. Moha — seemingly from such a different world — is brought to life with great empathy and understanding.

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Neus Ballús
Director
Director

Neus Ballús

Screenplay

Neus Ballús, Margarita Melgar

Pictures

Anna Molins

Music

René-Marc Bini

Cast

Bohamed Mellali, Valero Escobar, Pep Sarrà, Paqui Becerra, Pere Codorniu

Production

Spain

Color
color
Prize
Locarno IFF - Best Actor (Mohamed Mellali, Valero Escobar), Special Mention (Junior Jury Award), Europa Cinemas Label Award; Valladolid IFF - Audience Award, Silver Spike
Projection list
02.05.2022
18:30
Kino Pod Baranami - Sala niebieska
07.05.2022
18:30
Kino Pod Baranami - Sala niebieska