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The Human Resources Manager (2010)

 -  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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The Boy
Gila Almagor ...
Widow
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The Divorcee
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Weasel
Rosina Kambus ...
The Israeli Consul
Julian Negulesco ...
The Vice Consul
Irina Petrescu ...
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Papil Panduru ...
The Driver
Bogdan E. Stanoevitch ...
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Roni Koren ...
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Danna Semo ...
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Yigal Sade
Ofir Weil ...
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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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$13,467 (USA) (11 March 2011)

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Weasel: [at graveside] Funny, huh? That this is how it ends. Not ha ha funny, I mean depressing funny.
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Is it a tragic comedy or a comic tragedy?
26 July 2011 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

The Human Resources Manager (2010), directed by Eran Riklis, is a film that starts off with the death of a Romanian immigrant in Israel. Although her death was not work-related, an investigative reporter--"The Weasel"--decides to publicize the case as an example of the cold-hearted approach of the company to its employees. (The company officials did not realize that she had died.) To counteract the negative publicity, the human resources manager is sent to accompany the body to Romania, and to arrange for burial. Of course, The Weasel shows up in Romania as well.

Naturally, complications ensue. The complications make up the real plot of the film. The HR Manager is out of his element, doesn't speak Romanian, and is a Jew among Christians. He is trying to act in good faith, but personal problems, mechanical problems, and religious problems continue to obstruct progress.

This isn't a bad film, but it's somewhat formulaic, and not always very funny. The acting is good, especially that of Mark Ivanir as the HR manager and Guri Alfi as The Weasel. There are some humorous moments, but the grim, unhappy moments outweigh them.

This wasn't really a memorable film for me. It's worth seeing if it comes your way, but I wouldn't seek it out. We saw it at the excellent Rochester Jewish Film Festival, in the wonderful Dryden theater at George Eastman house. However, there's no reason it shouldn't work as well on the small screen.


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