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Fear and Trembling (2003)
"Stupeur et tremblements" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  12 March 2003 (France)
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A Belgian woman looks back on her year at a Japanese corporation in Tokyo in 1990. She is Amélie, born in Japan, living there until age 5. After college graduation, she returns with a ... See full summary »

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Amélie
Kaori Tsuji ...
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Bison Katayama ...
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Yasunari Kondo ...
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Sokyu Fujita ...
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Gen Shimaoka ...
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Heileigh Gomes ...
Amélie enfant
Eri Sakai ...
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A Belgian woman looks back on her year at a Japanese corporation in Tokyo in 1990. She is Amélie, born in Japan, living there until age 5. After college graduation, she returns with a one-year contract as an interpreter. The vice president and section leader, both men, are boors, but her immediate supervisor, Ms. Mori, is beautiful and trustworthy. Amélie's downfall begins when she speaks perfect Japanese to clients. She compounds her failure by writing an excellent report for an enterprising colleague. The person she least expects to stab her in the back exposes her work. Thus begins her humiliations. What can become of her and of her relationship with Ms. Mori and with Japan? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When Amélie sorts all GmbH clients in the same folder, her superior explains her that "GmbH is like Ltd in English or SA in French". GmbH is not SA in French, but SARL (Société anonyme à responsabilité limitée). See more »

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You will laugh but you will wince
9 September 2007 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

Engrossing, devastating indictment upon corporate Japan and its mores. Sylvie Testud as the young Belgian returning to the country where she spent the first five years of her life and Kaori Tsuji as her stunning boss lady, are both magnificent in their so believable roles but this is not an easy film to watch. You will laugh but you will wince and feel for those down trodden by a system that equates longevity of a male worker's employment with success over those of a more innovative employee and certainly a woman or even more so a foreigner. What chance then a foreign woman worker? Director Corneau has apparently stuck fairly closely to the original autobiographical novel and this is a most affecting movie, even more so for those, like me, who have family in the country. Not 'enjoyable' in the normally accepted sense but a most rewarding experience.


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