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The Method (2005)

El método (original title)
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7 Spanish top corporate job candidates are left in a room and informed on computer screens about their tasks and that one of them is an observer. Let the psyching begin.

Director:

Marcelo Piñeyro

Writers:

Jordi Galceran (play), Mateo Gil (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
10 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Eduardo Noriega ... Carlos de Aristegui Santos
Najwa Nimri ... Nieves
Eduard Fernández ... Fernando
Pablo Echarri ... Ricardo
Ernesto Alterio ... Enrique
Carmelo Gómez ... Julio
Adriana Ozores ... Ana
Natalia Verbeke ... Montse
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Storyline

During IMF & World Bank Summit and demonstrations which upset Madrid, like other capitals, major corporation Dekia holds interviews to recruit a top executive from seven applicants. Their doubts start when they have to sign a clause accepting the Grönholm method, which nobody ever heard of. It soon becomes clear the tests are dirty mind games, but never what is true and what the trick. They must guess who among them is the HR mole, and repeatedly eliminate one of their number from the procedure. Their priorities, ethics and loyalty are put trough stressing tests. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Argentina | Spain | Italy

Language:

Spanish | English | French

Release Date:

23 September 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€404,201 (Spain), 25 September 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,407, 8 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,757, 13 July 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Julio ask others if they have the same message in their computer screens, they answer no. In the next take its clearly seen that the message appears in all computer screens. See more »

Quotes

Fernando: How long will that smile last before it becomes a grimace?
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Perfect psychologically intense examination of the job application process
7 August 2006 | by Disk-BreakerSee all my reviews

This is one of the best films I've seen all year! If you've ever been to a job interview with multiple applicants or even to one of those assessment centres big companies have you will recognize a lot of things in this movie.

"The Method" starts off with an engaging split-screen title sequence reminiscent of the TV series 24 which introduces the characters and the events around them: The story takes place on the day of the annual IMF & World Bank meetings and a huge anti-globalization protest is mounting that is threatening to shut down the city. This however belies what will follow in the next two hours.

Seven applicants for an executive position at a large company are more or less locked up inside a room and put through a novel mysterious selection process called "The Grönholm Method" which is supposed to determine the one applicant who is most fit for the job. The limited setting of the movie works perfectly and allows the audience to concentrate on and engage with the characters and the clever dialogue. Adapted from a theatre play the script takes the characters through little insidious games aimed at eliminating one applicant after the other. The movie quickly gets into a state of heightened reality, amping up the tension as everything gets more and more psychologically violent. Without giving anything away all I can say is that there's no backing down, it gets pretty hardcore and you can expect quite a few twists! After a particularly intense round in The Grönholm Method the audience is suddenly assaulted by the sound of the violent riots going on in the streets below while the camera remains focused on the actors. This moment is pure Haneke and through the contrast of non-diegetic sound perfectly illustrates the violence behind the ruthless shoot-first-or-be-shot modern day job world.

Watching this movie carefully while giving it your full attention pays off since the plot twists are carefully build up and you can have a lot of fun and gratification in correctly predicting them. Also, if you're a cynical bastard like me, you will find a lot of laughs in the dialogue.

Highly recommended!


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