The Odd-Job Men
Sis Dies Corrents
It’s plumber-electrician Moha’s first week in a new job and colleague Valero isn’t proving too welcoming, in Neus Ballús’ wry, funny documentary.
Neus Ballús, Margarita Melgar
Mohamed Mellali, Valero Escolar, Pep Sarrà
Spain 2021. 85min
Beta Cinema GmbH
With English subtitles
It’s all change for a small plumbing company on the outskirts of Barcelona. Moha is on a week’s trial as Pep prepares for retirement, but fellow worker Valero isn’t convinced that Moha is what the firm needs. So begins a week in which all three men navigate a series of challenges that the job throws at them. From Neus Ballús (The Plague, Staff Only), one of Catalonia’s most adventurous filmmakers, comes a smart, insightful comedy about masculinity and the emigré experience. Shot in chronological order, the film strikingly blends documentary and fiction to creative effect, with the trio of real-life plumbers — Mohamed Mellali, Valero Escolar, and Pep Sarrà — offering a wonderful and unique window into what it means to embrace both difference and change.
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