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The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016)

The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché) (2016)

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Critic Consensus: With The Measure of a Man, director/co-writer Stéphane Brizé uses one man's heartrending story as a beautifully acted microcosm for life in the 21st-century global economy.

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Vincent Lindon gives his finest performance to date as unemployed everyman Thierry, who must submit to a series of quietly humiliating ordeals in his search for work. Futile retraining courses that lead to dead ends, interviews via Skype, an interview-coaching workshop critique of his self-presentation by fellow jobseekers all are mechanisms that seek to break him down and strip him of identity and self-respect in the name of reengineering of a workforce fit for a neoliberal technocratic system. Nothing if not determinist, Stéphane Brizé film dispassionately monitors the progress of its stoic protagonist until at last he lands a job on the front line in the surveillance and control of his fellow man and finally faces one too many moral dilemmas. A powerful and deeply troubling vision of the realities of our new economic order.

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Critic Reviews for The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché)

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Stéphane Brizé's "The Measure of a Man" feels so real, you're almost startled when it's over - it seems as if this French drama about a middle-aged husband and father facing unemployment should just go on, as life tends to do.

July 21, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As 15 minutes turns into a half hour, and then an hour, and then more, viewers will get tired of nodding their heads. The movie makes a point, but it doesn't build on it.

June 2, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Compassionate, engrossing and utterly relevant.

May 31, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's Lindon's achievement that, even when Thierry is at his most impassive, we always know what is going on inside his head.

May 20, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's a miniature portrait of quotidian desperation that nevertheless speaks to the collective psychic moan of job-seekers and those barely holding on everywhere.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

It's a memorable portrait of a man whose dignity and humanity are slowly pried away from him, until he snatches them back at the end.

April 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché)

Vincent Lindon delivers one of the best performances of his career (truly spectacular, and his body language is particularly revealing) in a realistic drama that brings to mind the naturalistic, almost-documentary style of the Dardenne brothers' films and the Romanian New Wave.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Superbly acted authentic film; unfortunately it's just not quite as good as the thematically similar Two Days, One Night.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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