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 Jerusalem's largest bakery is in trouble. He is separated from his wife, distanced from his daughter and stuck in a job he hates. When one of his employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing, the bakery is accused of indifference, and the HR Manager is sent to the victim's hometown in Romania to make amends. Far from home, on a mission to honor a woman he didn't even know but has somehow grown to admire, the HR Manager rediscovers his own humanity and his ability to truly care for human resources. Eran Riklis' THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER is based on an Israeli book that was recommended to him-A.B. Yehoshua's A Woman in Jerusalem (a New York Times notable book, and L.A. Times Book Prize winner, among other awards.) Keeping with the book, Riklis made the calculated decision not to name any of his characters (save the deceased woman inspiring the trip) but rather rely on their professions and personal attributes to identify and define them-the HR Manager, The Weasel, The Boy... These character archetypes lack a certain individuality and could, in turn, be any of us. In this act Riklis challenges the conventional and quirky road-trip movie and, in his words, creates a film that is "offbeat and kind of mainstream in a way." He calls THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER "an asymmetrical road movie." It played at numerous international film festivals, including Toronto and Palm Springs, and captured the Audience Award at the Locarno Int'l Film Festival. Riklis' film features fearless performances by a comedic ensemble cast led by the well-known Ukrainian actor Mark Ivanir, whose resumé includes Spielberg's SCHINDLER'S LIST; HOLLY ROLLERS (with Social Network's Jesse Eisenberg), and Robert De Niro's THE GOOD SHEPHERD. -- (C) Film Movement
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Mark Ivanir
as The Human Resources Director
Guri Alfi
as The Weasel
Noah Silver
as The Boy
Rozina Cambos
as The Consul
Julian Negulesco
as The Vice-Consul
Bogdan Stanoevici
as The Ex-Husband
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Critic Reviews for The Human Resources Manager

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (9)

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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

A cross-cultural shaggy-dog story along the lines of Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero."

Full Review… | April 14, 2011
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
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Ivanir's acting is the key - he portrays the transition without sentimentalizing his character.

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

Full Review… | March 10, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for The Human Resources Manager


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

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

The Mission of the Human Resources Manager Whatever 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"

Pedro  Holanda
Pedro Holanda

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Amusing dramedy. I like road trip films, and this is the type where very different people learn life lessons together, pull together for a common cause, all that stuff.

Roy Smith
Roy Smith

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