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The Human Resources Manager (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 4 March 2011 (USA)
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A tragi-comedy centered on the HR manager of Israel's largest industrial bakery, who sets out to save the reputation of his business and prevent the publication of a defamatory article.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Boy
The Israeli Consul
Julian Negulesco ...
Bogdan E. Stanoevitch ...
The Ex-Husband (as Bogdan Stanoevitch)
The Widow
The Night Shift Supervisor (as Yigal Sadeh)
The Manager's Ex-Wife
Irina Petrescu ...
The Grandmother
Papil Panduru ...
The Driver
The Secretary
Roni Koren ...
The Daughter
Silvia Drori ...
The Nun (as Sylwia Drori)
Ofir Weil ...
The Morgue Worker


A tragi-comedy centered on the HR manager of Israel's largest industrial bakery, who sets out to save the reputation of his business and prevent the publication of a defamatory article.

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Release Date:

4 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le voyage du directeur des ressources humaines  »

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Box Office


€2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,003, 6 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,709, 10 July 2011
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The book that the Human Resources Manager finds on Yulia's apartment is "Mori" (or "My Teacher") by Levi Isaac Riklis. It is a "Teach Yourself Hebrew" text. See more »


Weasel: [inside nuclear bunker] It's like the Tower of Babel, only in reverse. We're like the generation of the flood who tried to reach God. Digging and digging, 10-20-30-50 feet under the ground, as deep as technology will get us. And all from fear! Fear of flood, fear of the apocalypse...
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A shaggy dog story with a mournful side
27 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

I don't know how much of what the movie omits is in the novel, but as the movie stands, we have several people each of whose lives has taken a turning-- not always for the worse, but usually-- and the details of that past turning are vague. The full Hebrew title would translate as THE MISSION OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER, and his mission takes him to the boondocks of Eastern Europe to meet the bereaved relatives of a murdered employee. It's a big contrast between familiar surroundings and exotic ones, and the contrast may be lost to viewers for whom the place where the action starts, Israel, is exotic anyway. Another thing lost is the word translated as MANAGER in the title. The word in the Hebrew title doesn't really mean "manager," it means "the appointee responsible." The protagonist (Mark Ivanir carries the movie well in this role) has less authority than he would like, and the plot takes him on a shaggy-dog road trip from one misfortune to another, becoming somewhat more light-hearted and philosophical along the way and showing many moments of altruism. There are some improbabilities and a few minor and unfortunate clichés, such as the fellow who-- like so many characters beset by a crisis in a movie-- had been trying to give up smoking. But the movie has momentum, the minor characters are colorful, the music is enjoyable, the sad and comic sides are well balanced, and I for one was left with a hankering to read the book. In English, by the way, the book is called A WOMAN IN JERUSALEM.

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