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Trabalhar Cansa

Hard Labor


Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra


Young housewife Helena is on the verge of fulfilling a dream as she prepares to open her own business: a neighborhood grocery store. She hires a maid, Paula, to take care of her house and daughter. But when her husband Otavio is suddenly fired from his job as an insurance executive, Helena is left to support the family alone. As Otavio fails to find work and becomes increasingly alienated, business struggles to take off and the pressure on Helena mounts. To make things worse, she discovers that one of the building's brick walls seems to be crumbling. Helena begins to wonder if that may be the cause of all her problems.


Helena Albergaria, Marat Descartes, Naloana Lima, Marina Flores, Lilian Blanc, Gilda Nomacce


Writers: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas; Composers: Composer: Rafael Cavalcanti; Cinematographer: Matheus Rocha; Editor: Caetano Gotardo


Cannes Un Certain Regard, Sitges FF (Citizane Kane Award), London FF, Mar del Plata FF, SXSW FF

Director's Filmography


- Good Manners, 2017

- Necropolis Symphony, 2014

- Marcia Barbosa em A Origem da Inspiração, short, 2013

- We Were Born Today, When the Sky Was Heavy With Iron and Poison, short, 2013

- Sorry, Mrs. Madam, short, 2013

- Doppelgänger, short, 2012

- Hard Labor, 2011

- Pra eu dormir tranquilo, short, 2011

- The Shadows, short, 2009

- Vestida, short, 2008

- A Stem, short, 2007

- The Countess' Maid, short, 2006

- Nenhuma carta pra o senhor Fernando, short, 2005

- The White Sheet, short, 2004


- Good Manners, 2017

- The Silence of the Sky, 2016

- Sunday, short, 2015

- Survivors, short 2014

- When I was Alive, 2014

- We Were Born Today, When the Sky Was Heavy With Iron and Poison, short, 2013

- Hard Labor, 2011

- Sleeping Hammock, short, 2010

- The Shadows, short, 2009

- A Stem, short, 2007

- Stopping by Woods on Snowy Evening, 2006

- Concert Number Three, short, 2004

- The White Sheet, short, 2004

- Catarina Won't Quit Playing, short, 2004

- Waiting, short, 2003

- Nightwalker, short, 2003

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