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Human Resources (1999)

Ressources humaines (original title)
The 35-hour work week has all of France in its thrall. This film turns it into a feature about economic and familial politics. Frank, a business school graduate, returns to his provincial ... See full summary »

Director:

Laurent Cantet

Writers:

Laurent Cantet (scenario), Gilles Marchand (collaboration)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jalil Lespert Jalil Lespert ... Franck
Jean-Claude Vallod Jean-Claude Vallod ... Le père de Franck
Chantal Barré Chantal Barré ... La mère de Franck
Véronique de Pandelaère Véronique de Pandelaère ... Sylvie
Michel Begnez Michel Begnez ... Olivier
Lucien Longueville Lucien Longueville ... Le patron
Danielle Mélador Danielle Mélador ... Danielle Arnoux - la syndicaliste
Pascal Sémard Pascal Sémard ... Le DRH
Didier Woldemard Didier Woldemard ... Alain (as Didier Emile-Woldemard)
Françoise Boutigny Françoise Boutigny ... Betty
Félix Cantet Félix Cantet ... Félix
Marie Cantet Marie Cantet ... Marie
Sébastien Tauvel Sébastien Tauvel ... Christian
Jean-François Garcia Jean-François Garcia ... François
Gaëlle Amouret Gaëlle Amouret ... Frédérique
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Storyline

The 35-hour work week has all of France in its thrall. This film turns it into a feature about economic and familial politics. Frank, a business school graduate, returns to his provincial hometown to take a management position in the factory where his father has been working for 30 years. First Frank makes the mistake of actually asking the workers on the assembly line for their opinions. Then upper management manipulates his findings to lay off employees. This creates a huge rift, not only between labor and management, but between father and son. A human morality tale that evokes paternal and filial love, and illustrates the personal risk behind political ideas. Written by NDNF

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Shooting Gallery

Country:

France | UK

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 January 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Human Resources See more »

Filming Locations:

Aubevoye, Eure, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,526, 17 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$116,866, 29 October 2000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Laurent Cantet's first feature film. See more »

Soundtracks

Quatuor N°13 en la mineur
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Performed by Melos Quartett (as Melos Quartet)
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Brilliant
11 May 2001 | by AKS-6See all my reviews

This was a positive surprise... I didn't have a clue what to expect when I rented Ressources Humaines, but it turned out to be a great film with fine performances from the cast (especially Jalil Lespert and Jean-Claude Vallod).

First, the premise is very interesting. What happen with the family dynamics when the sons and daughters are more educated than their parents? Of course, that is only one aspect of this film's premise. Second, the scene where Franck is yelling at, and blaming, his father is absolutely heartrending. Only a stone wouldn't react to that masterful scene. Third, "entertaining" is hardly the word to describe Ressources Humaines, but I have to say that this film seemed much shorter than tired comedies like Charlie's Angels and Scary Movie.

(8/10) Highly recommended.


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