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The Human Resources Manager (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, 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.

Director:

Eran Riklis

Writers:

Noah Stollman (screenplay), Avraham B. Yehoshua (novel) (as Abraham B. Jehoshua)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Ivanir ... The Human Resources Manager
Guri Alfi ... The Weasel
Noah Silver ... The Boy
Rozina Cambos ... The Israeli Consul
Julian Negulesco Julian Negulesco ... The Vice Consul
Bogdan Stanoevici Bogdan Stanoevici ... The Ex-Husband (as Bogdan Stanoevitch)
Gila Almagor ... The Widow
Yigal Sade ... The Night Shift Supervisor (as Yigal Sadeh)
Reymonde Amsallem ... The Manager's Ex-Wife
Irina Petrescu Irina Petrescu ... The Grandmother
Papil Panduru Papil Panduru ... The Driver
Danna Semo ... The Secretary
Roni Koren Roni Koren ... The Daughter
Silvia Drori Silvia Drori ... The Nun (as Sylwia Drori)
Ofir Weil Ofir Weil ... The Morgue Worker
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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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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

The book that the Human Resources Manager finds on Yulia's apartment is "Mori" (or "My Teacher") by Levi Isaac Riklis. It is a "Teach Yourself Hebrew" text. See more »

Quotes

The Vice Consul: [about coffin] She's okay there?
the Human Resources Manager: She hasn't complained.
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The initial credits (main cast and crew) are shown over a shot of the army vehicle driving off into the sunset. See more »


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Riviera Boulevard
Written by Cyril Morin
Production:Massive Music
Publishing: Some Players
Courtesy of Music Package
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A shaggy dog story with a mournful side
27 August 2010 | by NozzSee all my reviews

I don't know how much of what the movie omits is in the novel, but as the movie stands, we have several people each of whose lives has taken a turning-- not always for the worse, but usually-- and the details of that past turning are vague. The full Hebrew title would translate as THE MISSION OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER, and his mission takes him to the boondocks of Eastern Europe to meet the bereaved relatives of a murdered employee. It's a big contrast between familiar surroundings and exotic ones, and the contrast may be lost to viewers for whom the place where the action starts, Israel, is exotic anyway. Another thing lost is the word translated as MANAGER in the title. The word in the Hebrew title doesn't really mean "manager," it means "the appointee responsible." The protagonist (Mark Ivanir carries the movie well in this role) has less authority than he would like, and the plot takes him on a shaggy-dog road trip from one misfortune to another, becoming somewhat more light-hearted and philosophical along the way and showing many moments of altruism. There are some improbabilities and a few minor and unfortunate clichés, such as the fellow who-- like so many characters beset by a crisis in a movie-- had been trying to give up smoking. But the movie has momentum, the minor characters are colorful, the music is enjoyable, the sad and comic sides are well balanced, and I for one was left with a hankering to read the book. In English, by the way, the book is called A WOMAN IN JERUSALEM.


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Country:

Israel | Germany | France | Romania

Language:

Hebrew | English | Romanian | French

Release Date:

4 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le voyage du directeur des ressources humaines See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,528, 6 March 2011

Gross USA:

$64,014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$609,146
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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