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Heartbeat Detector (2007)
"La question humaine" (original title)

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A psychologist discovers troubling links between Nazism and modern-day big business.


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Credited cast:
Mathias Jüst
Lucy Jüst
Arie Neumann
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
Karl Rose
Valérie Dréville ...
Lynn Sanderson
Laetitia Spigarelli ...
Delphine Chuillot ...
Rémy Carpentier ...
Jacques Paolini
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Abtmalt
Solène Agobert
Louis Aguettant ...
Le chanteur de fado
Nassim Amaouche
Marie-Reine Beaumesnil


Paris today. Simon works as psychologist in human resources department of petrochemical corporation. When Management gets him to investigate one of the factory's executives, Simon'perception goes disturbingly chaotic and cloudy. The experience affects his body, his mind, his personal life and his sensibility. The calm assurance that made him such a rigorous technician starts to falter. Written by SDP

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Release Date:

12 September 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Human Question  »

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€600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,309 (USA) (14 March 2008)


$5,309 (USA) (14 March 2008)

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1.66 : 1
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Referenced in Les amants cinéma (2008) See more »

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too many messages, badly written
18 June 2008 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

First, this film is very morally flawed. It equates rounding up illegal aliens and deporting them with rounding up Jews and gassing them. This is, itself, a moral perversion.

Second, there are too many 'moral' messages. The director/producers tried to address too many issues: corporate fascism, impersonal government technocracy, the murder of the Jews, illegal aliens, etc. Rather than make one point well, they made many points poorly.

Third, it is badly written, produced, and directed. You could eliminate the protagonist's girlfriend altogether and not only not harm the movie but actually improve it. There were scenes, like the rave, that made no sense at all. There were other relationships, like the protagonists involvement with the blonde, that also made no sense. In other places, character development is flawed as is plot development. In all, you could cut over an hour from this film and have a better film.

Example: there is one excruciatingly awful singing episode that you sit through thinking the director would not torture you with this unless it was important. Alas, it is merely torture....

And that is the great weakness of this film. There are many scenes that do not enlighten, inform, educate, entertain or move the plot forward. They seem to be there for no reason at all. The producer's thinking seems that the more you ignore plot development and dramatic tension the more 'artsy' your film is.

If painfully boring is great art this picture belongs in the Louvre.

The pretense of a 'moral message' is no excuse for bad film making. This film is over rated at 6 stars.

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