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Human Resources (1999)

Ressources humaines (original title)
The 35-hour work week has all of France in its thrall. This film turns it into a feature about economic and familial politics. Frank, a business school graduate, returns to his provincial ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jalil Lespert ...
Franck
Jean-Claude Vallod ...
Le père de Franck
Chantal Barré ...
La mère de Franck
Véronique de Pandelaère ...
Sylvie
Michel Begnez ...
Olivier
Lucien Longueville ...
Le patron
Danielle Mélador ...
Danielle Arnoux - la syndicaliste
Pascal Sémard ...
Le DRH
Didier Woldemard ...
Alain (as Didier Emile-Woldemard)
Françoise Boutigny ...
Betty
Félix Cantet ...
Félix
Marie Cantet ...
Marie
Sébastien Tauvel ...
Christian
Jean-François Garcia ...
François
Gaëlle Amouret ...
Frédérique
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The 35-hour work week has all of France in its thrall. This film turns it into a feature about economic and familial politics. Frank, a business school graduate, returns to his provincial hometown to take a management position in the factory where his father has been working for 30 years. First Frank makes the mistake of actually asking the workers on the assembly line for their opinions. Then upper management manipulates his findings to lay off employees. This creates a huge rift, not only between labor and management, but between father and son. A human morality tale that evokes paternal and filial love, and illustrates the personal risk behind political ideas. Written by NDNF

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$29,526 (USA) (15 September 2000)

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$116,866 (USA) (27 October 2000)
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Laurent Cantet's first feature film. See more »

Soundtracks

Quatuor N°13 en la mineur
Composed by Franz Schubert
Performed by Melos Quartett (as Melos Quartet)
Published by Harmonia Mundi
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Powerful study of divided loyalties
25 October 2000 | by (North Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Despite the apparently 'dry' subject matter of conflict in the workplace, this is a passionate film. At times,the scenes are so realistic and so involved that you forget this is a film and are actually watching scenes from real people's lives (which is perhaps because many of the actors are no-professionals as in Bresson & Loach). The film does not provide any easy answers, only more questions. I found the scenes between the father & son very moving especially the one at the end where the father continues working at his lathe whilst the son first berates him for his failure to stand up for his rights and then hurls his father's work angrily onto the floor. A very compassionate film.


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