EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|WASTE LAND (directors: Lucy Walker/João Jardim/Karen Harley; cinematographer: Dudu Miranda; editor: Pedro Kos; music: Moby; cast: Vik Muniz; Runtime: 99; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Angus Aynsley/Hank Levine; Arthouse Films; 2010-USA-in English and Portuguese, with English subtitles)|
makes for a good human interest story."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
directed by the Britisher Lucy Walker
co-directed by João Jardim and Karen Harleyn. It tells of Vik
Brazilian artist, now
living in Brooklyn, who visits Rio de Janeiro's immense Jardim
Gramacho, the world’s
largest landfill (handles about
7,000 tons of
garbage daily), for a special project. The dump also serves as a
populated by some 3,000 "pickers" who go through the
piles of garbage
looking for recyclable materials. Thereby the plucky
pickers can earn a
survival income, as they receive about $20 to $25 a
day for their wages
for turning in such items as plastic and bottles.
Vik and his assistant
take a tour of Jardim in order to see which pickers
photograph, as they then apply their art of using the
garbage as part
of the art work. The artist is known for recreating famous art
pieces like Da
with peanut butter and again with jelly. Vik and Fabio
subjects for the photos and when the work is completed
they sell them
at a London auction. One item goes for $50,000. The
idea is to help the
community of pickers by having the money used from the
art sold at the
auction to set up programs specially aimed to give the
workers a chance
to have a better life, if they so choose. It's Vik's
belief in the artistic
transformation, which will give the unfortunates a
better life when
they experience his art work.
hard-workers and are all very likable, who are
humanized by being made
subjects of art and are given a look at another way of
life; while the
viewer gets a chance to briefly see how Vik works. In
the meantime the
popular artist is also enriched by his spiritual good
he's giving back to those in the community who were
also born poor like
he was but weren't lucky enough to escape their fate.
It makes for a good
human interest story.
REVIEWED ON 12/21/2010 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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