The Human Resources Manager (2011)
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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
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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.
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.
A cross-cultural shaggy-dog story along the lines of Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero."
Yehoshua and Riklis are sometimes better at setting things up than following through, but the result suggests a novelistic density.
Ivanir's acting is the key - he portrays the transition without sentimentalizing his character.
"Human Resources Manager" adroitly mixes moving personal drama, absurdist comedy and site-specific cultural situations.
The long, long journey that makes up the bulk of the film is bizarrely undramatic.
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.
A bittersweet Israeli road movie about the difficulties of putting other people first.
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.
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
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.
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.
Deftly steering between politics, poignancy and dark humour, this absorbing road movie is also one that proves morally interesting.
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
With its bitter sweet centre, this unusual road movie combines the incongruous, the bizarre and the unexpected
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
[A] well-made piece we must admire, even if it doesn't grab us by the heart.
Like a great short story, it begins with a simple situation and then convinces you it has told you everything important about it.
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