The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché)


The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché)

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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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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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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.

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