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Waste Land

Waste-thumbstandard-v2 Renowned artist Vik Muniz embarks on one of the most inspired collaborations of his career, joining creative forces with Brazilian garbage pickers who mine treasure from the trash heaps of Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho landfill.
Netflix Rating: 4.0
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Lucy Walker’s inspiring documentary profiles Brazilian catadores, or trash pickers, and the artist Vik Muniz. Read the review
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I do not mean to make their lives seem easy or pleasant. It is miserable work, even after they grow accustomed to the smell. But it is useful work, and I have been thinking much about the happiness to be found by work that is honest and valuable.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
It shows us how artists find ideas and concepts for their work from the most unlikely sources, and it demonstrates the power of art to spark curiosity and cultural awareness in even the poorest, most underprivileged people.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald  full review
 
It's sheer pleasure watching Muniz work -- seeing him seized by mad impulses of delight.
Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail  full review
 
"Waste Land" is a testament that things can go from good to bad in an instant. But they can also improve just as quickly.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post  full review
 
It's not a very good title, Waste Land - this isn't a bleak film, at all - but just about everything else in Lucy Walker's documentary works, and illuminates.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
 
"Waste Land" is a film about recycling, but it's far more intriguing than the average eco-documentary.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
"Waste Land'' is just what the film's website says it is: "stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.''
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
 
"Waste Land" is a must-see PBS-style Cinderella story with true grit, a brilliant cast and an improbably big heart.
Mary Abbe, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
That a beautiful film could be set in the world's largest garbage dump sounds like an oxymoron, but acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker has pulled off precisely that feat in her profoundly moving "Waste Land."
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
 
[An] inspiring documentary.
Stephen Holden, New York Times  full review
 
[Muniz's] intention to have them re-create photographic images of themselves out of garbage, while it may not pass muster as high art, has the effect of raising their spirits. At least for a while, their lives, and ours, have been transformed.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
 
Walker's breezy film turns Muniz into a folk hero. And who am I to argue?
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
 
A fascinating look at the complex intersections of art and charity, reality and perception.
Eric Hynes, Village Voice  full review
 
A joy to watch despite the abject poverty it contains.
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter  full review
 
One of the powers of great portraiture is its ability to make us wonder about the complete strangers captured within enigmatic works of art.
Peter Debruge, Variety  full review
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