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HUMAN RESOURCES

by Laurent Cantet

synopsis

The 35-hour work week has all of France in its thrall. This film turns it into a feature about economic and familial politics. Frank, a business school graduate, returns to his provincial hometown to take a management position in the factory where his father has been working for 30 years. First Frank makes the mistake of actually asking the workers on the assembly line for their opinions. Then upper management manipulates his findings to lay off employees. This creates a huge rift, not only between labor and management, but between father and son. A human morality tale that evokes paternal and filial love, and illustrates the personal risk behind political ideas.

original title: Ressources humaines
country: United Kingdom, France
sales agent: Celluloid Dreams
year: 1999
genre: fiction
directed by: Laurent Cantet
film run: 100'
screenplay: Laurent Cantet, Gilles Marchand
cast: Jalil Lespert, Jean-Claude Vallod, Chantal Barré
cinematography by: Matthieu Poirot-Delpech
film editing: Robin Campillo, Stéphanie Léger
art director: Romain Denis
costumes designer: Marie Cesari
producer: Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta
co-producer: Pierre Chevalier
executive producer: Barbara Letellier
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