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The Method (2005)

El método (original title)
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7 Spanish top corporate job candidates are left in a room and informed on computer screens about their tasks and that one of them is an observer. Let the psyching begin.

Director:

Marcelo Piñeyro

Writers:

Jordi Galceran (play), Mateo Gil (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Eduardo Noriega ... Carlos de Aristegui Santos
Najwa Nimri ... Nieves
Eduard Fernández ... Fernando
Pablo Echarri ... Ricardo
Ernesto Alterio ... Enrique
Carmelo Gómez ... Julio
Adriana Ozores ... Ana
Natalia Verbeke ... Montse
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Storyline

During IMF & World Bank Summit and demonstrations which upset Madrid, like other capitals, major corporation Dekia holds interviews to recruit a top executive from seven applicants. Their doubts start when they have to sign a clause accepting the Grönholm method, which nobody ever heard of. It soon becomes clear the tests are dirty mind games, but never what is true and what the trick. They must guess who among them is the HR mole, and repeatedly eliminate one of their number from the procedure. Their priorities, ethics and loyalty are put trough stressing tests. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama

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Argentina | Spain | Italy

Language:

Spanish | English | French

Release Date:

23 September 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€404,201 (Spain), 25 September 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,407, 8 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,757, 13 July 2007
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Julio ask others if they have the same message in their computer screens, they answer no. In the next take its clearly seen that the message appears in all computer screens. See more »

Quotes

Fernando: I learned long ago that you lose the battle on your own.
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A Brief View of the Contemporary Wild Capitalism
5 March 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

On a troubled day in Madrid, with strike and protest against the World Bank and the IMF on the streets, seven candidates are put together in a meeting room in front of notebooks by a secretary as part of a selection process for one important position in a Spanish corporation. They fulfill another application form informing that they would be submitted to the Grönholm Test. While speculating about the possible existence of hidden cameras and microphones, the test begins and they read a message on the screen telling that one of them is not a candidate but an employee from the HR analyzing their attitudes. Along the day, the group is submitted to tests that eliminate each candidate until the final dispute between the two last ones.

"El Método" is a very well acted movie shot basically in one set like in "Twelve Angry Men" with a brief view of the contemporary wild capitalism through the dispute of qualified applicants to a direction position in a corporation. My only remark against the screenplay is relative to the unnecessary and quite stupid sex scene in the restroom. The author could have built the tension between the characters without the need of exposing them to a ridiculous situation that gives no credibility to the plot. The open end with an ambiguous conclusion is a plus in the story. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Que Você Faria?" ("What Would You Do?")


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