Trabalhar cansa (Hard Labor)

de Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra



All that starts badly ends well. And vice versa. Helena has just fulfilled a dream: opening her first business, a grocery store. Because of all her work at the store, she decides to hire Paula, a cleaning lady who will take care of her house and her daughter. But things get complicated when her husband, who has lost his job, has an awful time trying to find a new one; and when Helena sees that one of the building’s walls is starting to crumble. One of the big sensations at this year’s Cannes film festival, Trabalhar Cansa starts out from everyday circumstances to wind up drifting into a suggestive creepiness that is worthy of Cronenberg himself.


Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra

They both studied at the São Paulo Film School, where they made their graduation short film The White Sheet (05). In 2007 they presented their second work, A Stem, at the Cannes Critics’ Week. Trabalhar Cansa is their first feature-length film.

Technical information

Edition: 2011
Section: Official Fantàstic Competition
Original language: Portuguese