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Human Resources - Poster - France

Human Resources

A Feature film by Laurent Cantet

Produced by Haut et Court

Release in France : 15/01/2000

    Synopsis

    22-year-old Frank, a student in Paris at an major business school, returns to his parents' home while he continues his professional training in the factory where his father has worked for 30 years. After years of independence, Frank renews his ties with his family, much to his father's joy. At the factory, Frank takes up a position in the Human Resources sector. With all he has learned at college, Frank initially feels confident that he'll be able to shake up the conservative management who's having a hard time negotiating cuts to working hours. He approaches his task with enthusiasm… until discovering that his efforts are serving as a screen to restructuring plans whereby 12 people, including his father, will lose their jobs. Frank splits from management and leaks the news to the union, who immediately go on strike. He wants his father to get involved in the struggle, but the older man, who'd put all his pride in his son's social success, refuses to join the movement. The violent confrontation which ensues will oblige both of them to reflect upon their relationship, while confronting the reality of their own lives, past and present.

    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Haut et Court

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Celluloid Dreams

    Co-production :

    Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Haut et Court

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    International releases (24)

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    Subject

    “Human Resources” admirably blends two types of tale and temporality. First there’s the descriptive one of life in a factory and office, with its share of underhanded dealing and daily aggravations, rarely depicted so accurately on film. Then there’s the symbolic one of a tragic heritage, of a genealogical principle that is dictated and warped by social status, in a context of loyalty versus disloyalty.

    Charles Tesson (excerpt from an article in “Cahiers du cinéma” no. 542)

    Full credits (8)

    Executive producers :

    Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta

    Screenwriters :

    Gilles Marchand, Laurent Cantet

    Sound recordists :

    Philippe Richard, Antoine Ouvrier

    Editor :

    Robin Campillo

    Line producer :

    Barbara Letellier

    Directors of Photography :

    Matthieu Poirot-Delpech, Claire Caroff

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Production Designer :

    Romain Denis

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1999

    French release :

    15/01/2000

    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    97.413

    Visa issue date :

    15/01/2000

    Approval :

    No

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (3)

    Director

    News (2)

    Festival Selections (17)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2001

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2001)

    Selection (3)

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Laurent Cantet, Gilles Marchand

    Best first picture : Laurent Cantet

    Most Promising Actor : Jalil Lespert

    Lumiere Awards - 2001

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2001)

    Selection

    French Films

    European Film Awards - 2000

    European Film Awards (Germany, 2000)

    Selection

    Best European Film

    Montreal Festival of New Cinema - 2000

    Montreal Festival of New Cinema (Canada, 2000)

    Selection

    Non-competitive Section

    Melbourne International Film Festival - 2000

    Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2000)

    Selection

    French films selected

    Sydney - Film Festival - 2000

    Sydney - Film Festival (Australia, 2000)

    Selection

    Official Competition

    Turin - International Film Festival  - 1999

    Turin - International Film Festival (Italy, 1999)

    Selection (2)

    Official Competition - Feature Films

    Other Awards

    Thessaloniki - International Film Festival - 1999

    Thessaloniki - International Film Festival (Greece, 1999)

    Selection

    International Competition

    San Sebastian International Film Festival - 1999

    San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 1999)

    Selection (2)

    Other Awards

    New Directors

    Awards (4)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2001

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2001)

    Awards (2)

    César Award for Best First Feature : Laurent Cantet

    César Award for Most Promising Actor : Jalil Lespert

    Lumiere Awards - 2001

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2001)

    Awards

    Révélation masculine : Jalil Lespert

    Thessaloniki - International Film Festival - 1999

    Thessaloniki - International Film Festival (Greece, 1999)

    Awards (2)

    Award for Best Screenplay : Gilles Marchand

    Award for Best Screenplay : Laurent Cantet

    Delegations (4)

    Lumiere Awards - 2001

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2001)

    Team

    Turin - International Film Festival  - 1999

    Turin - International Film Festival (Italy, 1999)

    Team

    Thessaloniki - International Film Festival - 1999

    Thessaloniki - International Film Festival (Greece, 1999)

    Team (2)

    Screenwriter : Gilles Marchand

    Director : Laurent Cantet