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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 Emile-Woldemard ...
Alain
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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15 January 2000 (France)  »

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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 film
29 August 2000 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a well-made, powerful film addressing the dynamic between union factory workers and management in a suburban French factory. The director makes use of many non-actors, like the union rep (who is a union rep in real life) which lends the film an almost documentary-like feel. I thought the acting was extremely real and powerful and this potentially boring subject matter kept me captivated to the end. I highly recommend this film.


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