Filmmakers Enric Ribes and Oriol Martinez offer a hypnotic, warm-hearted portrait of friendship, set in a Chinese factory.
Qu Maomao is 27 years old, and works in a massive industrial factory. It’s repetitive, non-stop work, as he and the other workers make clothes that often go elsewhere to be bought and sold.
But he gets through the backbreaking work with two things: his friends and kickboxing.
He and his friends are training hard for an upcoming match against another factory. It’s a good diversion — not just from factory life but from heartache.
Barcelona-based Ribes and Martinez’s fluid camerawork and the rhythmic, graceful editing elevate the documentary, and its short 6-minute length offers a intimate glimpse of often faceless workers, who make the objects that fill our everyday lives.
One thing is for sure: you’ll never look at your underwear in the same way again.