“El Empleo”: Surrealist Short Film Zeroes In On People’s Mundane Existence, Might Make You Want To Quit Your Job

Argentinian filmmaker Santiago Grasso’s 2008 short film entitled El Empleo (“The Employment”) is a seven-minute animation which is nothing short of relentless, scathing and brutally honest in its pursuit of highlighting the misery and dullness that engulf contemporary society, touching upon notions of productivity, social responsibility, and people’s role within society.

Using watercolours to produce a simple aesthetic, El Empleo follows one unremarkable man’s journey to “work”. However, along the way we are introduced to a world in which human beings are playing the roles of everyday, inanimate objects such as tables, chairs, elevators, doors, etc. The execution is as glaringly painful as it is bizarre. 

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