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Human Resources
     

Human Resources

Director: Laurent Cantet

Cast: Jalil Lespert, Jean-Claude Vallod, Chantel Barre

 

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In this drama, a young man learns some painful lessons about his family and corporate accountability. Franck (Jalil Lespert) is a recent college graduate who has obtained an internship with a metalworking concern, where his father (Jean-Claude Vallod) has worked as a machinist since leaving school. Franck's job is to aid management and act as a liaison with labor as

Overview

In this drama, a young man learns some painful lessons about his family and corporate accountability. Franck (Jalil Lespert) is a recent college graduate who has obtained an internship with a metalworking concern, where his father (Jean-Claude Vallod) has worked as a machinist since leaving school. Franck's job is to aid management and act as a liaison with labor as the plant switches over to a new 35-hour work week. Franck takes his new job seriously -- seriously enough to go out of his way to research the opinions of the workers regarding the firm's new plans. This puts his father in an uncomfortable position: it's obvious that Franck wants to stand up for the rights of the employees, but this isn't sitting well with the boss (Lucien Longueville), and that leaves dad as the man in the middle. Franck then discovers that the company has taken the data he collected and used it in deceptive ways; the result is a corporate edict that will lead to the firing of many long-time employees, including Franck's father. Franck moves from management's to labor's side in this struggle, but at the same time he must tend to the strained relationship between himself and his father. Franck acknowledges his shame about his working-class roots and his inability to understand the pride his father feels about his work. Father, on the other hand, has to confront the fact the company he has selflessly served for most of his adult life is prepared to toss him away for no good reason. Ressources Humaines received its world premiere at the 1999 San Sebastian Film Festival, where Laurent Cantet received the New Directors Award for best first or second feature.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2008
UPC:
0698452206035
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:43:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jalil Lespert Franck
Jean-Claude Vallod Father
Chantel Barre Mother
Veronique de Pandelaere Sylvie
Michel Begnez Olivier
Lucien Longueville The Boss
Danielle Melador Mme. Arnoux
Pascal Semard Actor
Didier Emile-Woldermard Actor
Francoise Boutigny Actor
Felix Cantet Actor
Stephane Tauvel Actor

Technical Credits
Laurent Cantet Director,Screenwriter
Caroline Benjo Producer
Robin Campillo Editor
Claire Caroff Cinematographer
Marie Cesari Costumes/Costume Designer
Romain Denis Art Director
Barbara Letellier Executive Producer
Emile Louis Asst. Director
Gilles Marchand Screenwriter
Dominik Moll Asst. Director
Antoine Ouvrier Sound/Sound Designer
Matthieu Poirot-Delpech Cinematographer
Rafaele Ravinet-Virbel Asst. Director
Philipe Richard Sound/Sound Designer
Carole Scotta Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Human Resources
1. Home From School [4:56]
2. First Day of Work [7:32]
3. Human Resources [8:40]
4. The Union Rep [7:06]
5. The Referendum Idea [13:00]
6. The Questionnaire [9:11]
7. Dinner's On Me [8:51]
8. Vital Information [6:56]
9. Telling Dad [6:01]
10. The Lockout [6:58]
11. Fighting Back [6:20]
12. Where's Your Place [13:55]

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