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Release Date:
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 »
19 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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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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Laurent Cantet's first feature film.See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Morality Drama, 2 March 2001
Author: harry-76 from Cleveland, Ohio USA

"Ressources humaines" is a consideration of the tensions created between management and labor, as seen through the eyes of a business grad student serving as a temporary management trainee during his school break.

A proposed 35-hour work week is used as a dramatic charge for investigating both sides of white/blue collar concerns in a factory setting. After a strike is called by the workers, who feel betrayed by management, while management feels betrayed by its trainee who publicly discloses a "secret memo" on the pending firing of several workers, the film ends before a resolution is reached.

Actually, it's not necessary to reveal the resolution, for that's not what the film appears to be about. While both sides feel their respective issues deeply, and both have seemingly legitimate arguments, at least to themselves, we witness what may actually be an absurdist comedy:

Is the creation of a world of limitation a state of awareness that may in itself be spurious? Is the belief in lack a subconsious denial of human potential? Is the reacting to injustice an indvertent bonding of the actor to his own nemisis? Indeed, are not management and labor in effect merely different sides of the same coin?

From a distant perspective, after "Ressources humaines" has unfolded and its passion and emotion subsided, we observe a dented sponge returning to its original shape. Nothing has really progressed, only temporarily allowed its profile to give.

Yes, there is nothing to do in Laurent Cantet's world but to silently laugh at his sharp depiction of errors. Jalil Lespert as the student, Frank, and Jean-Claude as Le pere give mesmerizing performances.

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