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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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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.
No question, it is a fine performance. Lindon has a minimalist style, a shaggy dog look, and a barely suppressed working-stiff rage that gives the film some grit.
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.
A tough, clear-sighted, compassionate film.
Compassionate, engrossing and utterly relevant.
It's Lindon's achievement that, even when Thierry is at his most impassive, we always know what is going on inside his head.
In scene after scene, Brizé exposes with an unrelenting focus the incessant scrutiny that those living in poverty like Thierry are placed under by those in positions of power above him.
To borrow a title and aesthetic from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, this may be a narrative feature, but it's still the art of the real.
The accumulating power of The Measure of a Man is in its small details and undemonstrative approach.
"The Measure of a Man" is a truly wonderful film.
Watch Adam McKay's flash and funny financial crisis movie The Big Short and then turn to The Measure of a Man to see the human cost.
Stéphane Brizé's absorbing but unspectacular film stars Vincent Lindon as a working-class Joe who experiences the indignities of unemployment and, later, those of a soul-corroding job.
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.
Superbly acted authentic film; unfortunately it's just not quite as good as the thematically similar Two Days, One Night.
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