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The Human Resources Manager

The Human Resources Manager (2011)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 4

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THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER is a dramedy centered on the HR manager of Israel's largest industrial bakery, who sets out to save the reputation of his business and prevent the publication of a defamatory article. It was Israel's official entry for the 2011 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category. HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER is a Film Movement release, runs for 103 minutes, is in Hebrew, English and Romanian with English subtitles, and is not yet MPAA-rated. The Human Resources Manager of


Drama, Comedy

Abraham B. Jehoshua, Noah Stollman

Nov 7, 2011


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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (8)

If director Eran Riklis's intention is to show the blossoming humanity, so to speak, of a human resources manager, the transformation is much too subtle to work.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Even with incidents involving drunken locals, an underground bunker and a decommissioned tank, the film doesn't build the comic momentum of good intentions hurtling downhill in a strange land.

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A cross-cultural shaggy-dog story along the lines of Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero."

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Yehoshua and Riklis are sometimes better at setting things up than following through, but the result suggests a novelistic density.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Ivanir's acting is the key - he portrays the transition without sentimentalizing his character.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Human Resources Manager" adroitly mixes moving personal drama, absurdist comedy and site-specific cultural situations.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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The long, long journey that makes up the bulk of the film is bizarrely undramatic.

July 13, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

A sometimes serious, sometimes quirky road movie sees an HR Manager travel from Jerusalem to Romania with a dead body, a collection of strange characters, and a slowly developing conscience about the fate of the dead.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Screenwize

A bittersweet Israeli road movie about the difficulties of putting other people first.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A light drama with some tilts towards droll comedy, The Human Resources Manager is ultimately a very humanist film, offering a commentary on the way modern life has become so regulated and routine.

May 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

a quirky film that offers much more than its unorthodox style that veers from tragedy to comedy and back again without every quite losing the laser-like focus on the struggle for people to assert their unique identity in a world that may not care

May 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Riklis captures and inspires a sense of character and regional authenticity in his work, just as he did so wonderfully with The Lemon Tree. But there is also a nagging degree of contrivance with this film.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source:

It's a lovely film, a compassionate one that has a sense of humour about the world of Eastern Europe and yet a respect also. Four stars from me.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Deftly steering between politics, poignancy and dark humour, this absorbing road movie is also one that proves morally interesting.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Although the story is relatively simple, it is studded with complex themes and unexpected elements which make it rich and layered ... a surprisingly uplifting film, without ever turning away from the harsh realities of its elements

April 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

With its bitter sweet centre, this unusual road movie combines the incongruous, the bizarre and the unexpected

April 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

But The Human Resources Manager is not really about guest workers-instead, like the Magical Negroes so beloved of certain American filmmakers, they exist only to help members of the privileged classes get in touch with their humanity

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Playback:stl

[A] well-made piece we must admire, even if it doesn't grab us by the heart.

April 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Like a great short story, it begins with a simple situation and then convinces you it has told you everything important about it.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

After we die, where should our bodies spend the rest of eternity, and does it even matter? Eran Riklis' Israeli parable The Human Resources Manager deals with these questions in a darkly-comic - yet still totally affecting - manner.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Audience Reviews for The Human Resources Manager

The Mission of the Human Resources Manager


This is one of the first modern Israeli films I have yet seen, and it didn't give me a good impression. It lacks so many things, like a moment of touch - but nevertheless it isn't all bad, its watchable, and at times funny.

This is a black-humor comedy/tragedy about a human resource manager who goes on a mission to bring back the body of a Romanian women who was murdered in Jerusalem. Within his journey he starts seeing the world as a different place.

A very simple movie, aesthetically pleasing, but don't be duped by the story line because even though it may seem rather interesting it is not. It is very simple, the dialogue is at times boring, and by the end it doesn't leave you thinking about anything. Therefore, I don't fully recommend this movie,. The acting is fantastic but the overall story is a failure. So I am undicided about how I truly feel about this movie, I don't recommend it, but I won't judge you if you wanna go watch it.

The Human Resource Manager: "I am coming home"
November 6, 2011

Super Reviewer

The human resources manager(Mark Ivanir) of a bakery in Jerusalem in 2002 is about to leave for the night when the owner(Gila Almagor) tells him about an article that is about to run in the next day's newspaper attacking the bakery, and that he has to work on a rebuttal. The article in question is about a female victim(Galina Ozerner) in a suicide bombing who has been left in the morgue for days with a partial pay stub from the bakery as the only clue to her identity her body. With a little help from his assistant(Reymond Amsalem), he is able to identify her. After talking to the night supervisor, he finds out that she has not been working there for weeks. Still, even after sort of identifying the body, the manager is still blamed by the newspaper for negligence, causing him to accompany the body back to her native Romania with the journalist(Guri Alfi) in tow, hoping to be back in time for his daughter's(Roni Koren) field trip to which he has agreed to be a chaperone.

The name of the victim in "The Human Resources Manager" is Yulia. For the record, she is pretty much the only named character in the entire movie, focusing attention entirely on her and the efforts to return her remains to her native Romania.(Calling a character by only his title adds a little sarcasm into the mix which is not a bad idea. But I still think it might be a little cruel to think of the journalist as 'the weasel.') That act shows how responsibility for each other does not end at borders nor at the end of life. In this case, it is only the beginning of a long, strange journey. This is especially important in the broken world of the movie where death and destruction reign and almost everybody is alone, mostly due to divorce.(The exception being the Consul(Rozina Cambos) and Vice-Consul(Julian Negulesco). You have to admit it, they do make a cute couple.) So, in the end while "The Human Resources Manager" may break no new ground, it is still a a worthwhile and bittersweet movie about keeping promises.
March 6, 2011
Walter M.

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