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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.

Director:

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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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:

EUR600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,309, 16 March 2008

Gross USA:

$5,309

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$692,575
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A movie about language
22 January 2009 | by darkmatter2See all my reviews

This is an interesting movie. The pace is slow, and the subject is painful, so it takes some effort to watch it from end to end. But in the end, it's worth it.

The music is very effective in inducing empathy with the main character, who's going through a life-changing crisis.

The main point is that today's corporate speak is dehumanizing ('units' to designate workers, 'efficiency', 'objectives'), in the same way as the Nazi's ruthless technical language of death was. Language can be a tool of destruction with a clean conscience.

Not perfect - a bit over-obvious sometimes. Also, the people speak like books, which, for me, induced a distance and made suspension of disbelief harder. Good acting though.


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