A hybrid documentary is structured in four parts: Oil, Cargo, Measure and Ash. Each act focuses on a worker in a distinct isolated environment: a maintenance man on US oilrigs; a Filipino in the bowels of a supertanker; an Italian scientist in his echo-free chamber (blocking out the sounds of the world); and finally, a waste plant operative. Creation, transport, marketing and destruction – it’s a global chain of obsessive consumption.
The many objects we accumulate begin their production journey in silent scheduled industrial site where bordeline men work in isolation without any interference. These men, unwittingly, provide the basis for the sequence of creation, transport, marketing and destruction of the objects.
They are monks in temples of concrete and carry out the same rituals in solitude.
“Like any good symphonist, Ferrero knows the power of silence; the soundtrack makes room for dead spots that suggest a world scraped clean of all the clutter.”
– David Bordwell (Critic, Professor Emeritus of Film Studies)
“One of the best debuts of the last years.”
“Beautiful Things is a spectacularly shot documentary with a fugue structure.”
– Glen Kenney, NY Times