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The Human Resources Manager (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 4 March 2011 (USA)
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A tragi-comedy 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.

Director:

Eran Riklis

Writers:

Noah Stollman (screenplay), Avraham B. Yehoshua (novel) (as Abraham B. Jehoshua)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Ivanir ... The Human Resources Manager
Guri Alfi ... The Weasel
Noah Silver ... The Boy
Rozina Cambos ... The Israeli Consul
Julian Negulesco Julian Negulesco ... The Vice Consul
Bogdan E. Stanoevitch Bogdan E. Stanoevitch ... The Ex-Husband (as Bogdan Stanoevitch)
Gila Almagor ... The Widow
Yigal Sade ... The Night Shift Supervisor (as Yigal Sadeh)
Reymonde Amsallem ... The Manager's Ex-Wife
Irina Petrescu Irina Petrescu ... The Grandmother
Papil Panduru Papil Panduru ... The Driver
Danna Semo ... The Secretary
Roni Koren Roni Koren ... The Daughter
Silvia Drori Silvia Drori ... The Nun (as Sylwia Drori)
Ofir Weil Ofir Weil ... The Morgue Worker
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A tragi-comedy 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.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

official site | official website

Country:

Israel | Germany | France | Romania

Language:

Hebrew | English | Romanian | French

Release Date:

4 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le voyage du directeur des ressources humaines See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,528, 6 March 2011

Gross USA:

$64,014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$411,567
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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The book that the Human Resources Manager finds on Yulia's apartment is "Mori" (or "My Teacher") by Levi Isaac Riklis. It is a "Teach Yourself Hebrew" text. See more »

Quotes

Weasel: [inside nuclear bunker] It's like the Tower of Babel, only in reverse. We're like the generation of the flood who tried to reach God. Digging and digging, 10-20-30-50 feet under the ground, as deep as technology will get us. And all from fear! Fear of flood, fear of the apocalypse...
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A Nicely Balanced Movie
26 February 2012 | by MadTomSee all my reviews

The title Human Resource Manager of this movie has a task thrust upon him, completely unforeseen and probably not in his or any other HR Manager's job description. A female employee of his company, the largest bread bakery in Jerusalem, is killed in a terrorist attack, under circumstances which bring an embarrassing public relations nightmare to the company. The deceased woman was a recent immigrant from Romania (the actors who play her relatives speak Romanian, but the country is never actually named, only identified as a former communist country in Eastern Europe), and the owner of the bakery sends the HR Manager to escort the body to her homeland. Tagging along on the journey is the same muckraking photojournalist (known to the audience as "The Weasel") who brought the bad PR upon the bakery in the first place.

This movie could have taken any of a number of different tracks without any change in the plot line, in which the HRM encounters several bureaucratic or emotional obstacles upon arriving in Romania and meeting with local officials, the Israeli consul, and the teenage son and ex-husband of the deceased, all the while hoping to make this a short trip to get home in time to chaperone a school trip for his own neglected teenage daughter, and clashing with "The Weasel".

Had this been an American movie, I have could easily pictured it done as a "road/buddy" comedy, a rather slippery slope down which this movie could have descended to a bonehead movie a la A WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S.

At the other end of the spectrum, I did in fact see this movie as part of the Film Movement foreign film subscription series shown at a public library. I'm rather new to that series, and this movie was the third I'd seen. The first two were totally depressing: ILLEGAL, which showed the suffering of a Russian woman illegally in Belgium and undergoing deportation and separation from her teenage son, and THE COLOR OF THE MOUNTAIN, showing the takeover of a small Colombian village by narco-terrorists, and its impact on the children, their families and their school. This movie had the potential of going down that gloomy path as well.

Instead, this was the first one in the series where I actually felt good at the end. The poignancy and pathos of the HRM dealing with the deceased's relatives is well offset by the adventurous challenges he faces getting the deceased to her final resting place, and by the comedic sparring between him and the journalist.

This movie was very nicely balanced. For my own personal tastes, I might have liked it a little better if there had been a touch more comedy, one or two more laugh out loud moments, but if the production crew were wary of the slippery slope to A WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S, I have no quarrel with that call. It's not quite a perfect movie for me, but nearly so.


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