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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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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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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A deeply felt human drama about class mobility, 27 September 2004
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

"You're not fired. You can stay. You're too young, too cheap to be unprofitable." -- Franck Verdeau

Laurent Cantet's first film, Human Resources, shows the dehumanizing effect of mechanical labor on the relationship between a father and his son in rural France. The film has a strong political message but never feels sterile or preachy; rather it is a deeply felt human drama about class mobility. Jalil Lespert, the only professional actor in the cast, is Franck Verdeau, a young, handsome intern who works for the same company in which his father (Jean-Claude Vallod) has toiled for thirty years. Mr. Verdeau is a heavy-set taciturn individual who operates an automatic welding device that forces him to stand on his feet all day, bent over his machine and proudly claims that he can churn out 700 parts per hour. A member of the old school who does not believe in upsetting the bosses, the father is more compliant than most workers who still operate within the system but express their misgivings in union activity.

Franck has just returned home from school in Paris. Eager to seize upon the opportunity presented to him through his father's sacrifice, he seeks to impress management and launch his career by assessing the validity of instituting a 35-hour workweek. Although he has made a good first impression on his shrewd boss (Lucien Longueville), he soon comes into conflict with union leaders who are fearful that reducing the amount of hours will lead to automation and loss of jobs. Torn between his professional obligations and his sympathies for the workers, Franck naively proposes a referendum of the workers on the issue. This plays into the hands of management seeking to drive a wedge between the workers and their union, led by firebrand activist, Danielle Arnoux (Danielle Melador).

Arnoux, a real-life left-wing union activist, is an aggressive and uncompromising leader who does not hesitate to let management know exactly where she stands. When more layoffs seem to be forecast including that of his own father, Franck must choose sides between the militants and the father who made his job and career possible. Mr. Verdeau is opposed to the union and cannot see any benefit from a staggered workweek that would mean increased leisure. Their final confrontation about the father's passivity brings to the surface resentments about his father's social class that have been repressed for many years.

Human Resources is shot inside an actual factory, creating an authenticity furthered by its cast of actual factory employees. I found myself deeply involved with the characters. In tackling an issue that Hollywood has stayed miles away from, Cantet has made us aware of the daily drudgery of millions of people around the world for whom compromise and submission is a way of life. The film never loses his focus, striking a balance between social relevance and a character study of deeply conflicted individuals whose work is reflected in their self-image. Cantet said in an interview, "The title Human Resources is a reaction against the cynicism of that expression. A human being is administered the same way you would administer stocks or capital. I wanted to play on that double meaning and go beyond coded administrative lingo in order to talk about an actual human's resources." He has succeeded impressively.

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