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Watch This: You can’t be buddy-buddy with management and labor

25 July 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

One week a month, Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by the week’s new releases or premieres. This week: Equity inspires a look back at other films set in the corporate world.

Human Resources (1999)

A young man finds himself caught between management and workers in Human Resources, Laurent Cantet’s subtly complex portrait of the strains between the upper and working classes, and the way in which men define themselves through their work (and, in turn, are defined by the system as cogs in a machine). Returning to his Normandy hometown, young Franck (Jalil Lespert) accepts a desk-job internship at the company where his father (Jean-Claude Vallod) has toiled for decades on the factory floor. Having recently laid off workers, the firm is beset by distrust between the establishment’s boss (Lucien Longueville) and the union’s leader (Danielle Mélador). Even greater friction ensues once the enterprising, cocky ...


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