Manolis Mavris' "Brutalia: Days of Labour" honored with the Semaine de la Critique award at Cannes, serves as a metaphor for society, akin to a beehive. Infused with Greek nouvelle vague aesthetics, this dystopian short film explores the profound themes of social alienation and isolation.
The film presents eloquent prose delving into the societal constraints imposed on individuals, with a specific focus on the challenges faced by women. "Brutalia: Days of Labour" leaves an indelible mark on the viewer's memory through striking visuals, whether captivating in their splendor or evoking a sense of violence.
The audience is immersed in a world increasingly plagued by coldness, violence, and antiquated customs steeped in unhealthy traditions, inevitably provoking sentiments of rebellion or despair.
As the film unfolds, a simmering tension permeates the hive itself, encapsulating a struggle between the urge to break free from societal norms and the seemingly insurmountable challenge of doing so, leaving the act of making a choice a delicate endeavor.