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Heartbeat Detector (2007)

La question humaine (original title)
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
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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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Themes Belonging in Literature, Not A Film
28 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really did want to appreciate this movie for tackling a series of monumental subjects - corporate dehumanization, guilt by association (especially concerning the Holocaust), Orwellian destruction of meaningful language, and the fallibility of psychoanalysis. However, watching this made me realize why the similarly dense subject material from novelists like Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon rarely make it to the big screen is that they are much too diffuse, internal, and cerebral to even attempt in the plot-action-event world of film. I love film, and I love ideas, but all good film (even the most arty and pretentious) is about action first and ideas second. This film starts with the ideas and never lets the characters out from under them. A movie should never be about words, just as a novel should never have directions for camera angles.

I can't make a conclusive evaluation of whether I loved it or hated it, so I give it a 5 out of 10. It fails in doing the impossible, so I have to give it some credit. This movie is a prime example of why some novels should never be made into films.

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