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by Marcelo Piñeyro


While the streets of Madrid are filled with anti-globalization demonstrators, some candidates are assembled to be put through the final selection process for a single high-level position at a multinational corporation. From the outset, there is a palpably tense, competitive atmosphere among the group. Feelings of distrust increase when they realize they are aspiring for the same position, and that the Grönholm Method (a human resources strategy supposedly imported from the United States) is being used to assess their respective merits. They find themselves pitted against one another in a contest that elicits fear, suspicion, paranoia and betrayal. The humiliation these people are willing to endure or inflict on others for the sake of the job is chilling to witness.

international title: The Method
original title: El método
country: Spain, Argentina, Italy
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Marcelo Piñeyro
film run: 120'
release date: ES 23/09/2005, FR 20/09/2006
screenplay: Marcelo Piñeyro, Mateo Gil
cast: Eduardo Noriega, Najwa Nimri, Eduard Fernández, Pablo Echarri, Ernesto Alterio, Carmelo Gómez, Adriana Ozores, Natalia Verbeke
cinematography by: Alfredo Mayo
art director: Verónica Toledo
costumes designer: Verónica Toledo
producer: Gerardo Herrero, Francisco Ramos
production: Alquimia Cinema, Tornasol Films, Arena Films, Cattleya (IT)
distributor: On Pictures: Zeta Audiovisual, CTV International (FR)
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