MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 8,034 this week

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

6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 957 users   Metascore: 68/100
Reviews: 20 user | 45 critic | 9 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

Locarno 2011. The Klotz Division
| MUBI

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2628 titles
created 24 Oct 2011
 
a list of 200 titles
created 02 Dec 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 30 Jan 2013
 
a list of 318 titles
created 28 Jun 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 06 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Heartbeat Detector (2007)

Heartbeat Detector (2007) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Heartbeat Detector.
6 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

On Tour (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Joachim, a former Parisian television producer had left everything behind - his children, friends, enemies, lovers and regrets - to start a new life in America. He comes back with a team of... See full summary »

Director: Mathieu Amalric
Stars: Miranda Colclasure, Suzanne Ramsey, Dirty Martini
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Hugh Grant stars as a British engineer who becomes entangled in a forbidden romance with his Indian employer's eldest daughter. As their passion ignites, the East-meets-West clash of ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Klotz
Stars: Hugh Grant, Shabana Azmi, Supriya Pathak
Kings & Queen (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Parallel storylines tell the current state of affairs for two ex-lovers: Nora's a single mother who comes to care for her terminally ill father; holed in up in mental ward, Ismael, a brilliant musician, plots his escape.

Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Geoffrey Carey, Thierry Bosc
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A few stories are mixed, but all starts with Claire who one day brings back to Gregoire one of his books found at the university. Gregoire is the tenebrous romantic king, and Claire falls ... See full summary »

Director: Danièle Dubroux
Stars: Chiara Mastroianni, Melvil Poupaud, Hubert Saint-Macary
Park Benches (2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

With over 86 speaking parts, Bruno Podalydès has assembled an all-star, ensemble cast including Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Amalric, and Chiara Mastroianni in this film about the everyday ... See full summary »

Director: Bruno Podalydès
Stars: Florence Muller, Ridan, Jérôme Paret
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Young woman who lives under the gaze of her overprotective stepmother falls for a young man she meets. He is infatuated by her beauty, but is also a sociopath. She wants to leave her stepmother's hold and he is ready to kill.

Director: Gilles Bourdos
Stars: Grégoire Colin, Julie Ordon, Brigitte Catillon
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A story about the transition from late youth to early maturity, the film follows several friends and lovers as they come to make decisions on how to live their lives--getting a job more in ... See full summary »

Director: Olivier Assayas
Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Virginie Ledoyen, François Cluzet
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Paris, August: Driven by his lust, Richard O. explores the sinuous mysteries of eroticism and the women who populate the summer months.

Director: Damien Odoul
Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Rhizlaine El Cohen, Stéphane Terpereau
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Antoine is a joyful but disenchanted photographer. His only true friend, Mateo, is 7 years old and the son of his neighbor, who is often absent. One day, he hears a piano sonata coming from... See full summary »

Director: Fabienne Godet
Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Ariane Labed, Max Baissette de Malglaive
The Wound (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Blandine arrives at the Charles de Gaulle Airport, seeking a reunion with her husband Papi in Paris. Despite articulate claims for asylum, she is held in a cramped cell along with a number ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Klotz
Stars: Noëlla Mossaba, Adama Doumbia, Matty Djambo
On War (2008)
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Asia Argento, Guillaume Depardieu
The Dune (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Yossi Aviram
Stars: Niels Arestrup, Lior Ashkenazi, Guy Marchand
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History | Music | War

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 September 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Human Question  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

€600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$5,309 (USA) (14 March 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Les amants cinéma (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Difficult but worth it

La question humaine is a difficult movie, not entertaining, but very rewarding. It gets slowly under your skin and makes you reflect about who you are, who we are, what our parents, have transmitted us generation after generation. Basically, it is a movie about transmission, about languages, about words that echo across time.

That's why I believe it is simplistic to say that Nicolas Klotz and scenarist Elizabeth Perceval are comparing the way companies are managed today to the way the shoah was "managed". They are much more subtle than that. What Elizabeth says in the interview which accompanies the DVD is something close to this: "When Simon is reading the technical report written during the war by Theodor Jüst, he is touched by the words used, the structure of the sentences, their cold, technical tones, of which he finds echoes in his own industrial psychologist language." In a similar vein, on wikipedia, you can find the following quote by Nicolas, in French, which says something similar. As Nicolas himself says, there is something hazy, "gazeux" about the film, about these "résurgences" from the past. Which, again, does not mean that industrial companies like SC Farb (reference the product used in gas chambers) are modern-day gas chambers...

There are many beautiful, touching, although painful moments in this movie. I think in particular of Lynn's account (Valerie Dreville) of Matthias Jüst, discovering when he was young the atrocities committed by his father. She says she was in love with the boy he once was. Then he had the courage to confront his father. As an older, powerful man, CEO of a large business unit, he seemed to have lost that kind courage.


5 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who reported my comment as abuse and why did imdb delete it? stowbury
theme of the movie is absurd olafkoeneman
Book in English? noralee
Trailer music? Ah_JeVeuxVivre
Las Palmas film festival march 7 borland-2
Discuss Heartbeat Detector (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?