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15 January 2000 (France) See more »
The 35-hour work week has all of France in its thrall. This film turns it into a feature about economic and familial politics... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A powerful, heartbreaking drama, well acted and realistic. ***1/2 (out of four) See more (24 total) »


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Jalil Lespert ... Franck
Jean-Claude Vallod ... Le père
Chantal Barré ... La mère
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
Marie-Laure Potel ... L'amie de François
Patrick Baron ... Un syndicaliste
Patrick Pignard ... Un syndicaliste
Peggy Lefevre ... Une ouvrière
Alain Champin ... Un ouvrier
Alain Thénault ... Un ouvrier
Patrick Brochard ... Un ouvrier
Cédric Dessolliers ... Un ouvrier
Jean-Pierre Dolinski ... Un contremaître
Olivier Bourguet ... Un contremaître
Jean-Jacques Abadie ... Un contremaître
Rufin Verliefde ... Un cadre
Claude Verdier ... Un cadre
Emile Louis ... Un cadre
Maurice Renaud ... Un directeur
Philippe Grassiot ... Un directeur
Josiane Delahaie ... Une directrice
Jean-Luc Darcq ... Un directeur
Stéphanie Chevret ... La secrétaire
Anne Lebert ... La femme d'Alain
Annie Duval ... La patronne du restaurant
Jean-Sébastien Cerdan ... Un vigile
Frédéric Dubois ... Un vigile
Paul Gomis ... Un vigile

Directed by
Laurent Cantet 
Writing credits
Laurent Cantet (scenario)

Gilles Marchand (collaboration)

Produced by
Caroline Benjo .... producer
Pierre Chevalier .... co-producer
Barbara Letellier .... executive producer
Carole Scotta .... producer
Cinematography by
Matthieu Poirot-Delpech 
Film Editing by
Robin Campillo 
Stephanie Leger 
Casting by
Constance Demontoy 
Pascal Truant 
Production Design by
Romain Denis 
Art Direction by
Caroline Bernard 
Costume Design by
Marie Cesari 
Production Management
Lionel Arzul .... unit manager
Isabelle Coursin .... unit manager
Mat Troi Day .... production manager
Laurence Durand-Gaillard .... assistant production manager
Christophe Echard .... unit manager
Antoine Frété .... unit manager
Isabelle Martin .... unit manager
Pierre-Jean Robert .... unit production manager
Sébastien Thieury .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emile Louis .... first assistant director
Dominik Moll .... assistant director
Rafaele Ravinet-Virbel .... assistant director
Art Department
Alain Mac Keldey .... property master
Loïc Le Moigne .... painter
Florent Maillot .... head grip
Gilles Marchand .... artistic consultant
Evariste Richer .... painter
Sound Department
Jonathan Acbard .... sound
Nicolas Becker .... sound effects editor
Fabrice Conesa .... sound mixer (as Fabrice Conesa Alcolea)
Valérie Deloof .... sound editor
Assia Dnednia .... sound effects editor
Didier Leclerc .... sound
Antoine Ouvrier .... sound
Philippe Richard .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacques Bulot .... gaffer
Claire Caroff .... assistant camera
Julien Monneret .... grip
Mohan Valmy .... electrician
Editorial Department
David Rocher .... color timer
Other crew
Karine Bertaud .... production administrator
Jérôme Helies .... caterer
Cathy Tomasi .... script supervisor
Florence Abiven .... thanks
Frédéric André .... thanks
Lisa Benchikh-Pellier .... thanks (as Lisa Benchikh)
M. Briantais .... thanks: secrétaire général de la mairie de Gaillon
Jérôme Brulon .... thanks
Jean Cantet .... special thanks
Madeleine Cantet .... special thanks
Odile Carré .... thanks
Lydie Chandelier .... thanks
Rémy Chandelier .... thanks
Claude Coursin .... special thanks
Jean-Luc Darcq .... thanks: Usine Toutpack
Mme. Darcq .... thanks: Usine Toutpack
Josiane Delahaie .... thanks: Usine SARE
Jacques Delmoly .... thanks
Julien Emery .... special thanks
Sophie Escande .... thanks: Mairie de Bagnolet
Mme. Florès .... thanks
Sylvain Frydman .... thanks
Marcel Frélicot .... thanks
Lise Gabelier .... thanks
Mme Gomez .... thanks
Fady Gormit .... thanks: Mairie du Petit-Quevilly
Philippe Grassiot .... thanks: Groupe Motro
Jean-Pierre Habensach .... thanks: France-Rail Publicité
Luc Joulet .... thanks: Mairie de Bagnolet
Rahma Khemfri .... special thanks: Mairie du Petit-Quevilly
Philippe Lang .... thanks
Mme. Lavail .... thanks: Restaurant Le Clos Racine, Gaillon
M. Le Dilavrec .... thanks: Collège Georges d'Amboise
Philippe Maillot .... thanks
Maurice Maire .... thanks: maire de Gaillon
M. Massé .... thanks: Société Holophane à Gaillon
Brigitte Moidon .... thanks
Daniel Mongeau .... thanks: Mairie de Bagnolet
M. Moreau .... thanks: directeur général des services techniques de l'OMJ à Gaillon
Fernand Morel .... thanks: Transports Morel
Frédéric Morel .... thanks: Transports Morel
Elizabeth Nebout-Mevel .... thanks (as Elisabeth Nebout-Mevel)
Hengameh Panahi .... thanks
Luc Pinon .... thanks: Mairie du Petit-Quevilly
J.-L. Recher .... thanks: maire d'Aubevoye
Maurice Renaud .... thanks: Usine SARE
Hugo Rubini .... thanks
Joël Saint-Viteux .... thanks: Mairie du Petit-Quevilly
François Sauvagnargues .... thanks
M. Thieuré .... thanks: Bar-tabac Le Gaillon
Mme. Thieuré .... thanks: Bar tabac Le Gaillon
David Thompson .... special thanks
Virginie Tilhet .... thanks: Mairie du Petit-Quevilly
Catherine Tocheport .... thanks: D.C. Audiovisuel
Myriam Verhegue .... thanks: ANPE de Bagnolet
Maritto von Uechtritz .... thanks
M. Voydie .... thanks: adjoint à la mairie de Gaillon
François Zimeray .... thanks: Mairie du Petit-Quevilly

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Also Known As:
"Ressources humaines" - France (original title)
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100 min
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A powerful, heartbreaking drama, well acted and realistic. ***1/2 (out of four), 12 January 2001

HUMAN RESOURCES / (1999) ***1/2 (out of four)

By Blake French:

The powerful, heartbreaking new French drama "Human Resources," written by Laurent Cantet and Gilles Marchand, is so authentic the only true professional actor in the cast is Jalil Lespert, who plays Franck, the son of a workaholic. The rest of the performers were chosen from unemployment organizations in regard to the business the characters would have to play. "The title "human resources" is first of all a reaction against the cynicism of that expression," explains director Laurent Cantet in an interview. "A human being is administered the same way you would administer stocks or capital." After watching this film we understand what he means by those words.

The working characters employed by a personnel division factory where Franck's dad is currently employed. He has been working there for thirty years and is happier when his son is emotionally further apart from him. Franck has defied his family heritage, went to college, and has recently returned to the French home where his parents live. He gets a job as a manager at the company in which his father works. This is where he becomes torn between business opportunities and staying loyal to his principles of fairness and morality. The people at the factory treat the workers like machines, and it is then when he understands "human resources" refers to people as variables in the production flow graphs.

Director Laurent Cantet is not from a working class family, as cleared up in a press kit, so these skillful and wise foreign filmmakers decided to get ideas confirmed by those who did live that life. The parts of the factory workers are played by actual workers; the boss is a real boss; the union leader is a real union leader. The film is also shot in an authentic working factory, as if a documentary was in the creation. Cantet was absolutely correct: who better to imitate the positions and postures of a worker's body bent over a factory machine, or especially the language itself, much of which was selected the workers themselves. The factory's supervisors are cutting back, and Franck gets the privilege of listening to the suggestions that a recent questionnaire asks. The questionnaire is to help make the employers, who are drained of most consciousness on the job, feel they are important to the success of the corporation. Then, while snooping around on the boss's computer, Franck finds the questionnaire is nothing but a pretense for upcoming layoffs, that of which his father is on the list. While Franck is furious at the deceptions, his father refuses to even go on strike after learning of his fate-he is simply to used to consistence and routine, he fears change.

The movie is more about the inner struggle between Franck and his father than the actual protesting by the employees or how the factory supervisors fight back. American movies are not often about factory workers, and when they are, the subject is more parody, like in "Officer Space" (1999), than class struggle. One of the best arguments this movie makes is that class struggle is still alive today, and has a high impact of various societies. There are other themes in "Human Resources": greed and power, communication between Franck and his family, the father-son association he has with his boss, finding one's place in society, and shame and regret.

"Human Resources" is of the most penetrating films of the year; it offers descriptive writing and empathizing characters. Shot in a documentary style, the direction is focused and sincere, and the performances are mesmerizing. The only thing keeping it from perfection is the somewhat slow-moving script that occasionally strays idle when some of the most important events take place. Beyond that, however, "Human Resources" is a must-see if you are a fan of original, reality theme-based dramas.

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