(Vu sur Arte) 3,5/5 Le film convainc surtt dans sa capacité à retranscrire avec réalisme ces "négociations asymétriques", marquées par la domination économique d'un intervenant sur l'autre, assez violentes symboliquement et moralement, que la plupart des gens ont connu ou connaîtront ds leur vie. Il convainc cpdt moins dans ses scènes intimistes (peu aidé par ses acteurs, hormis Lindon) et par sa fin, peu crédible.
Heart wrenching at times, following the main character looking for a new job and getting in some ways undermined and humiliated by the system. When he finally gets a job, prospects are not any better... Vincent Lindon is excellent, very humble and still full of dignity. Stéphane Brizé has a very distinctive voice and a soft way to deliver a very harsh message about France's job market.
Vincent Lindon won best actor at Cannes for this affecting portrait of a man who refuses to be beaten by the modern economic system and struggles to keep his family afloat even in being under employed. Brize adopts the Dardenne method here with little music and close handheld camera work and though some may find the film dry it's scathing view of its characters morality and breaking points is fascinating.
Christian Petzold or Farocki's cinematographic essays, for example, have already given a good account of what is happening in the corporatism of today's world of work, its technocratic dehumanization. This film does an activist figure when, in fact, it doesn't think anything else beyond the exposure of its protagonist and his confinement in an inability to think about/with the images, to "watch" the work.
Beyond the amazing acting, the lovely film could serve as a discussion subject for management students studying human resource management. The film entertains sensitive thinking viewers by providing options on personal ethics one has to adopt to bring home the bacon on the table under trying circumstances. My full review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2016/03/190-french-director-stephane-brizes-la.html
A realistic depiction of life in a Neoliberal society, a society of control (Deleuze), pervasive surveillance, maximization, benchmars, best-practices, metrics, flexibility, and the "Free Market". It's France, but could be almost anywhere. The super-market is the Foucaldian panopticon: we're all prisoners, guards included.