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Good Luck (2017)




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Filmed between a state-owned large-scale underground mine in the war-torn state of Serbia and an illegal mining collective in the tropical heat of Suriname, Good Luck is a visceral documentary portrait of hope and sacrifice in a time of global economic turmoil. Beginning with a 600 meter descent into the depths of the earth, Good Luck shines a flashlight onto the human face of labor in the time-warp'd working conditions of an underground state-owned mine in Serbia. The hiss of oxygen cuts through the diesel rumble, the walls of the office vibrate with explosions two levels below; war-torn and half-forgotten, these miners' physical struggle finds its mirror a continent away--in the tropical heat of an illegal Surinamese gold mine. The water pumps roar under the blinding sun; silver liquid rolls across the hand of a Saramaccan Maroon as he adds mercury to dirt in a never-ending search for gold. Formed between dark and light, cold and heat, North and South, Good Luck immerses its viewer in the precarious natural and social environments of two distinct labor groups so as to better understand the bonds that men share. Here is the human foundation of capital, revealed.


Critic Reviews for Good Luck

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

The film feels less like a documentary than like a work of abstract expressionism, yet much beauty can be found in [director Ben] Russell's approach.

April 7, 2020 | Full Review…

Mr. Russell films the morning mist with a Monet-like abstraction and executes remarkable Steadicam shots through the mud. He might be accused of making poverty poetry - except that both sites' unlikely beauty, too, may be a connecting thread.

April 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Good Luck often proves Russell surveys workers standing on opposite hemispheres of our Earth and hauling to the surface the treasure within it.

April 3, 2018 | Full Review…

A striking documentary mood-piece by the American experimental director Ben Russell.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

An engrossing but uncomfortable non-fiction documentary, that seemed like a real-life thriller.

April 11, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Ben Russell's documentary is a thought-provoking snapshot of humanity reduced to a pale shadow by economic discontent.

April 2, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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