TIFF review: Her Job

Nikos Labôt’s first feature meditates beautifully on the mundane

HER JOB DISC D: Nikos Labôt. Greece/France/Serbia. 90 min. Sep 9, 6:45 pm, Scotiabank 8 Sep 15, 11:30 am, Scotiabank 7. See listing. Rating: NNNN

Set against the backdrop of Greece’s recession, Her Job takes a sensitive look at how work and autonomy can change a person’s outlook. Panayiota (Marisha Triantafyllidou) leads a modest, life with her domineering husband, disobedient daughter and sensitive son, who never seem to appreciate her contributions to the household.

When she takes on a job as a cleaner at a shopping mall, Panayiota starts to come out of her shell. She makes friends with the other women on the job, learns new skills and becomes her family’s sole breadwinner. But layoffs threaten her new sense of independence.

Triantafyllidou’s performance is gentle and nuanced, and her expressive face is often heartbreaking. Director Labôt’s first feature beautifully meditates on the mundane (like the act of washing dishes and ironing clothes), and is an excellent reminder that all work can be meaningful.

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