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10 Ratings


Directed by Kazik Radwanski
Canada, 2017


Canada. Recent immigrants work on a scaffolding. In order to break their routine they observe the people beneath them, from a unique, precarious and ephemeral point of view.

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Scaffold Directed by Kazik Radwanski
At first appearance a study of the quotidian everyday, Scaffold expands into a resonant portrait of displacement and loss with a minimum of contextual details and a considered mise en scène that is at once expressive and points to what’s outside of frame, conjuring reality through subtle touches and asking the viewer to consciously complete the picture for themselves.
January 15, 2019
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Simply described, the approach suggests the dourly ominous early sessions of Michael Haneke’s The Seventh Continent, when in reality Scaffold’s sneaky playfulness is more like the outsider’s comedy of Jerzy Skolimowski’s Moonlighting compressed into fifteen minutes. Its closing view of cheering strangers and fresh vantage points is the Toronto I happily keep coming back to year after year.
September 17, 2017
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That professional fear of breaking the client’s refined things is presented in other funny scenarios across the film… Radwanski isn’t going after any obvious class division here, but his restrained and authentic approach to showing a small, simple glimpse into the laborers’ lives does all the work for him.
September 13, 2017
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