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The Reaper (2013)

La parka (original title)
Efrain, also known as the Reaper, who works at a slaughterhouse since 25 years ago, we will discover his deep relationship with dead.


Gabriel Serra


Gabriel Serra
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »


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Through Efrain, also known as the Reaper, we will discover the deep connections between his work and his personal life; his relationship with death, his guilts and losses. The common thread is the meat of dead bulls and the industrial processes of a slaughterhouse. We get to know Efrain through this meat. Written by anonymous

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Extremely difficult to watch, though technically very well made.
15 February 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Reaper" is a horrible film to watch, though it is technically one of the best made documentary shorts, as the cinematography and composition are excellent. It's the story about a slaughterhouse in Mexico and a man who is nicknamed 'the Reaper' because his job is to kill cows--which he's been doing for over two decades--hundreds of times every day. If you ever want to eat meat again, I suggest you do not see this one as the slaughterhouse is filthy. So, regardless of the brutality of killing the animals (which you do get to see up close at times), you meat-eaters out there will be shocked at the flies, dried blood and filthy conditions--and is reminiscent of the old Upton Sinclair novel "The Jungle". Well made but uber-depressing, that's for sure. It also made me wonder how the filmmakers gained access to this place and why they didn't try to clean the place up a bit for the film.

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