The unit we’re about to finish has dealt with work and careers, basically trying to make a living for ourselves and our loved ones in our daily grind.
The term “Rat Race” (aka brutally fierce competition usually taking place in the workplace, but also in life, in general) came up in one of our sessions and I just cannot think – now, at least- of a film which more ruthlessly depicts one than this.
I guess many great movies have been made about this very topic; however, one of the ones that really struck a chord with yours truly (i.e.: me) is 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross. The plot is as simple as it is so callous in its depiction of reality: different salesmen need to compete in a company’s sales contest. The hapless one who loses in such a contest will be fired. Not a very intricate story, I suppose, but, man, when you have blokes like Al Pacino, Ed Harris, Jack Lemmon, Kevin Spacey, or Alec Baldwin in the cast, you bet you’re gonna witness a true performing tour de force.
One of my biggest beefs with Spanish movies is that the actors are rarely this convincing and good. The best Spanish actor/actress just CANNOT hold a candle to guys like the ones you’ll see in this SUPERB film. But, again, maybe that’s just my opinion, and you know what happens to opinions, don’t you?