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12 September 2007 (France) See more »
A psychologist discovers troubling links between Nazism and modern-day big business. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
Locarno 2011. The Klotz Division
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  (in credits order)

Mathieu Amalric ... Simon

Michael Lonsdale ... Mathias Jüst

Edith Scob ... Lucy Jüst

Lou Castel ... Arie Neumann
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Karl Rose
Valérie Dréville ... Lynn Sanderson
Laetitia Spigarelli ... Louisa
Delphine Chuillot ... Isabelle

Nicolas Maury ... 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
Wilfried Bechtold
Ludovic Bellocq
Elisabeth Bernat
Jérôme Bernot
Karine Betou
Frode Bjornstad
Florent Blatic
Florence Boiret
Anais Bon
Marie-Pierre Chaix
Sandra Chartraire
Benoit Chaudemanche
Etienne Chaudemanche
Aurélien Chauveau
Antoine Clodic
Baptiste Coelho
Jessica Cohen ... La jeune fille qui chante
Léa Conilleau
Maria-Manuela Crisostomi
Mathieu Césarsky ... Hurleur 2
Félix Dalle
Antonio De Barros
Maria De Barros
Maxime Delavergne
Jean-Michel Desiles
Nina Desiles
Adama Doumbia
Frédéric Elbaz
Justine François
Naomi Frérotte
Philippe Galbadon
Pompeu Gomez
Annick Gosnet
Patrice Grignon
Ali Hettak
Mohand Hettak
Laura Hubert
Yannick Janériat
Claude Jarry
Valérie Jousse
Jérôme Keff
Sophie Keller
Cyrille Kervestin ... Walter
Evrard Klein
Héléna Klotz
Mamadou Steve Koundio ... Le travesti africain
Julien La Torre
Laurent Lacotte
Julien Lacroix ... Philippe
Carole Lecha
Philippe Lecha
Camille Lemasson
Jean-Charles Lepetit
Annick Leprince
Franck Liger
Salvatore Lista
Yvette Loison
Pauline Marchetti
Constance Martiny Sondag
Mathieu Matula-Matayi
Manuel Miranda
Maria Miranda
Valérie Montambeau
Philippe Montaye ... Hurleur 1
Thierry Ménard
Manuel Nabais
Maria Nabais
Samuel Nathan
Papa Ndiaye
Axelle Neige
Aurore Olivier
Thomas Parnet
Pauline Pattet
Monique Paumart
Alexandre Pavion
Barnabé Perrotey
Ramiro Pessoa
Miguel Poveda ... Flamenco singer
Olivier Renouf ... Le danseur after rave
Erwan Ribard ... Miguel
Alizé Rihet
Baptiste Roux
Julien Samani
Nathalie Sanchez
Aurélien Schmiter
Renaud Serniclay
Tien Shue
Jack Sims
Gwendoline Tardy
Frédérique Thomazeau
Christelle Touzé
Xavier Touzé
Christophe Triau
Romain Turzi
Brigitte Vallée
Alexandre Vercoutre
Floran Verrardo
Jean-Pierre Vigneau ... Angelino
Elodie Weiss

Patrick Zocco ... Le flic

Directed by
Nicolas Klotz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
François Emmanuel  story
Elisabeth Perceval 

Produced by
Sophie Dulac .... producer
Jean-Christophe Gigot .... executive producer
Michel Zana .... producer
Original Music by
Syd Matters 
Cinematography by
Josée Deshaies 
Film Editing by
Rose-Marie Lausson 
Casting by
Stéphane Batut 
Isabelle Ungaro 
Production Design by
Antoine Platteau 
Set Decoration by
Romain Scavazza 
Costume Design by
Dorothée Guiraud 
Makeup Department
Stéphane Desmarez .... key hair stylist
Laurence Grosjean .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Sébastien Brun .... assistant unit manager
Pierre Dufour .... production manager
Adrien Ledoux .... assistant production manager
Amélie Melkonian .... assistant production
Mélanie Pienne .... assistant unit manager
Pascal Pons .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emile Louis .... first assistant director
Fany Pouget .... second assistant director
Art Department
Laurent Baude .... assistant art director
Vincent Dugied .... assistant art director
William Mordos .... set designer
Romain Scavazza .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Julie Brenta .... sound editor
Stéphane De Rocquigny .... sound re-recording mixer
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Nicolas Fioraso .... assistant foley artist
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Johann Nallet .... sound recordist
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
Brigitte Taillandier .... sound
Philippe Vandendriessche .... additional sounds
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
Gérard Kuhnl .... stunts
Alain Vanneville .... stunts
Daniel Vérité .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Marco Beaurepaire .... electrician
Jean-Marc Dupuy .... grip
Catherine Georges .... first assistant camera
Mohamed Khaznadji .... key grip
Marianne Lamour .... gaffer
Christophe Larue .... electrician
Alexandre Levi .... electrician
Editorial Department
Nadine Mahé .... assistant editor
Music Department
Yann Arnaud .... music mixer
Loris Bernot .... music recordist
Patrick Zocco .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"La question humaine" - France (original title)
"The Human Question" - USA (literal title)
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143 min
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6 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Let them eat cake, 30 December 2008
Author: BenjAii from Dublin, Ireland

I'll start with what I liked about 'Heartbeat Detector'. It's poetical, discursive style is something I love in cinema when it's done well. I long for stories that break from the formulaic and say what they have to say while stretching the boundaries of cinematic story telling; 'Heartbeat Detector' is aiming for that. It's beautifully photographed too, it's washed out colours and florescent glare a study in disjointed alienation.

Oh, and there is some great acting going on too, but I'm going to have to get trite at this point, because I'm afraid it's all a wasted effort.

At heart this is a morality play, but it's lesson is a perversity, in that there is none at all. It's a meditation on the horrors on the Nazi death camps, that leads the protagonist to realise his role in firing employees in a downsizing European multi-national may equate to the culpability of Nazi functionaries involved in the slaughter of the death camps.

Many people will find this insulting, and it is, doubly so. Insulting to those who died in the Nazi death camps and insulting to victims whose deaths could be found comparable today.

A message to the film makers. Do you want to make a film about a man who slowly realises the banality of evil that lead to the death camps is still with us in the 21st century ? Perhaps ponder questions like why several million children in Africa die every year from diseases due to a lack of clean drinking water, while we in the West spend more than is needed to prevent this on the frivolity of bottled mineral water.

Instead how ironic under the banner of exploring awareness of social problems, the film makers show about as much social awareness as the aristocracy before the storming of the Bastille.

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