Human Resources

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Released 1999

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Human Resources

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Director:
Laurent Cantet
Released:
1999
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Human Resources is about Franck, a young Parisian business college grad, lands an internship in the metalwork plant that has overshadowed his entire life: Franck's father has uncomplainingly operated the same machine in the plant for all of his adult life. He settles into his office with the blessing of management, who see him as a malleable middleman in their negotiations for the changeover to a 35-hour week. Members of the workers' union, who dismiss him as a corporate flunky, give him a less warm welcome. When Franck discovers that a number of workers, including his father, will be fired as a result, he resorts to administrative sabotage. A human morality tale that evokes paternal and filial love, and illustrates the personal risk behind political ideas.

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  • 90

    Variety

    A cogent human drama.

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The movie's dramatic climax is a father-son confrontation of stunning cruelty. Although the movie stops short of outright tragedy, it is suffused with a grief born of rifts that ma...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A valuable, heartbreaking film about the way those resources are plugged into a system, drained of their usefulness and discarded.

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