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Heartbeat Detector (2007)

La question humaine (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Music | 12 September 2007 (France)
A psychologist discovers troubling links between Nazism and modern-day big business.

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Nicolas Klotz

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Cast

Credited cast:
Mathieu Amalric ... Simon
Michael Lonsdale ... Mathias Jüst
Edith Scob ... Lucy Jüst
Lou Castel ... Arie Neumann
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Karl Rose
Valérie Dréville Valérie Dréville ... Lynn Sanderson
Laetitia Spigarelli Laetitia Spigarelli ... Louisa
Delphine Chuillot Delphine Chuillot ... Isabelle
Nicolas Maury ... Tavera
Rémy Carpentier Rémy Carpentier ... Jacques Paolini
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Abtmalt David Abtmalt
Solène Agobert Solène Agobert
Louis Aguettant Louis Aguettant ... Le chanteur de fado
Nassim Amaouche Nassim Amaouche
Marie-Reine Beaumesnil Marie-Reine Beaumesnil
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Storyline

Paris today. Simon works as psychologist in human resources department of petrochemical corporation. When Management gets him to investigate one of the factory's executives, Simon'perception goes disturbingly chaotic and cloudy. The experience affects his body, his mind, his personal life and his sensibility. The calm assurance that made him such a rigorous technician starts to falter. Written by SDP

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Drama | History | Music | War

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 September 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Human Question See more »

Filming Locations:

Le Mans, Sarthe, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,309, 16 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,309, 16 March 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Everything is going as planned, although it is possible we are a little behind schedule.
2 March 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I last saw Mathieu Amalric as Jean-Do in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Winner of a César for that performance and two others, he is an accomplished actor. He displays his considerable skills in this film, which has him in the role of a psychologist who must interpret words and actions of others.

He is charged with assessing the mental state of the company CEO, Mathias Jüst, played brilliantly by Michael Lonsdale, who has two César nominations himself, and a BAFTA nomination for the 1973 version of The Day of the Jackal. This occurs soon after the company undergoes a massive downsizing.

The verbal give and take between the two was captivating. It became really interesting when Jüst sprung upon him that he knew he was being investigated, and gave information the reached back to the Third Reich.

The involvement of the principles in the extermination of Jews was reveled in a way that was similar to the discussion of the reduction of employees in the company. People were referred to as loads or units in each case, not as humans.

The inhuman language of extermination becomes the inhuman language of business, and the children of the Reich are left to deal with their father's sins.

Powerful.


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