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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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Simon
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Mathias Jüst
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Lucy Jüst
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Arie Neumann
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ...
Karl Rose
Valérie Dréville ...
Lynn Sanderson
Laetitia Spigarelli ...
Louisa
Delphine Chuillot ...
Isabelle
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Tavera
Rémy Carpentier ...
Jacques Paolini
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David Abtmalt
Solène Agobert
Louis Aguettant ...
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Nassim Amaouche
Marie-Reine Beaumesnil
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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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12 September 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Human Question  »

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Budget:

€600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$5,309 (USA) (14 March 2008)
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A movie about language
22 January 2009 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting movie. The pace is slow, and the subject is painful, so it takes some effort to watch it from end to end. But in the end, it's worth it.

The music is very effective in inducing empathy with the main character, who's going through a life-changing crisis.

The main point is that today's corporate speak is dehumanizing ('units' to designate workers, 'efficiency', 'objectives'), in the same way as the Nazi's ruthless technical language of death was. Language can be a tool of destruction with a clean conscience.

Not perfect - a bit over-obvious sometimes. Also, the people speak like books, which, for me, induced a distance and made suspension of disbelief harder. Good acting though.


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