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Jordi Galceran (play)
Mateo Gil (screenplay)
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23 September 2005 (Spain) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Eduardo Noriega ... Carlos de Aristegui Santos

Najwa Nimri ... Nieves
Eduard Fernández ... Fernando
Pablo Echarri ... Ricardo
Ernesto Alterio ... Enrique
Carmelo Gómez ... Julio

Adriana Ozores ... Ana

Natalia Verbeke ... Montse
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Directed by
Marcelo Piñeyro 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jordi Galceran  play
Mateo Gil  screenplay
Marcelo Piñeyro  screenplay

Produced by
Ricardo García Arrojo .... executive producer
Gerardo Herrero .... producer
Francisco Ramos .... producer
Alicia Tellería .... line producer
Original Music by
Frédéric Bégin 
Phil Electric 
Cinematography by
Alfredo Mayo 
Film Editing by
Iván Aledo 
Production Design by
Verónica Toledo 
Costume Design by
Verónica Toledo 
Makeup Department
Imma Pérez .... hair stylist
José Quetglás .... hair stylist
José Quetglás .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ion Collar .... third assistant director
David Pareja .... second assistant director
Javier Petit .... first assistant director
Art Department
José Luis Moya .... construction manager
Sound Department
Polo Aledo .... sound
Nicolas de Poulpiquet .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Eduardo Esquide .... sound
Carlos Garrido .... sound re-recording mixer
Ricardo Viñas .... dolby sound consultant
Visual Effects by
Pablo Gil Agero .... visual effects artist
Óscar Perea Marcos .... visual effects
Antonio Ramos .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Teresa Benitez .... video assist
Daniel Federico Fernández .... camera operator
David Fernández .... first assistant camera
Iñigo Olea .... first assistant camera
Ricardo Rodríguez .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amaya Arzuaga .... wardrobe
Armand Basi .... wardrobe
Other crew
María Carrera .... production coordinator
Miguel Cohan .... assistant to director
François Vila .... press agent

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El método" - Argentina (original title)
"The Grönholm Method" - International (English title) (festival title)
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115 min
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Continuity: When Julio ask others if they have the same message in their computer screens, they answer no. In the next take its clearly seen that the message appears in all computer screens.See more »
Fernando:How long will that smile last before it becomes a grimace?See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Excellent premise marred by lazy characterization, 26 February 2010
Author: krigler from Budapest, Hungary

The absurdity and grotesque one-upmanship of an executive job interview is sometimes perfectly captured in El Metodo, with an anti-capitalist demonstration used as an invisible backdrop with subtle symbolism. Directing is handled with confidence, and there is some memorable acting, although towards the end the ugly head of melodramatic overacting rears, destroying the atmosphere.

Also demolishing is the flawed characterization. One huge problem of the basic concept is that people interviewing for a high level managerial position have very rarely got anything to lose. Failure only gets the applicants back to other well paid, plush jobs. Such is a case with these people too; apart from their dignity and self-respect, there is nothing much at stake. Bigger problem is that even those they could easily keep were it not for their conveniently convoluted behaviour. From the writer's perspective it's simply a matter of bad characterization choices and some silly plotting. The competing interviewees behave with enormous stupidity sometimes to conveniently fit the dramatic wishes of the storyteller. One of the protagonists, a woman is rendered a victim about halfway through the film, a weak character unable to resist the sexual advances of a fellow male participant. This completely stupid and unrealistic plot development alone almost makes everything that follows implausible and shallow. (I mean, who in the world has sex in his mind during a supposedly important job interview? Come on, even the most macho males can control their animal urges - if they can't, there's no way they get to an executive position.) It's a pity the filmmakers could not muster up more courage to let the situation play itself out without sensationalist, melodramatic actions and resort to such cheap moves. What started out very well and tense, derails because of increasingly melodramatic plot solutions from the midpoint on.

It's a pity also that apart from a nicely symbolic final image and some subtly added subtext the storytellers did not make more of the anti-capitalist protests apparently going on simultaneously. It's a device completely wasted.

All in all, a film worth watching once for some nice psychodrama elements, but ultimately a terribly missed opportunity. For a similar premise, but a much more thrilling story watch "The Killing Room".

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