La loi du marché

La loi du marché

DVD - 2016 | French
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"In The Measure of a Man, 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, a workship 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 his award-winning persormance, Vincent Lindon is quietly heartbreaking, revealing the soul of the unemployed"--Container.
Publisher: New York : Kino Lorber, [2016]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Copyright Date: ℗2015
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,stereo,Dolby digital 2.0
1 videodisc (91 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Measure of a man


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Apr 21, 2017

Reminiscent of Lars Von Trier’s austere “Dogme 95” school of filmmaking, writer/director Stéphane Brizé’s small morality play uses handheld shots and natural performances unembellished by studio sets, fancy camerawork, or background music. The result is a verité style which, thanks to Lindon’s perfectly downplayed working class protagonist, makes even the most mundane passage somehow compelling as Thierry suffers through a series of everyday humiliations—one scene in which a class of fellow job-seekers critique his interview style is particularly cringeworthy. In fact every character in Brizé’s film seems culled from real life making it impossible to distinguish scripted word from ad-libbed banter especially the scenes where suspects, caught red-handed, are hauled into the store’s interrogation room squirming and gaping like deer in the proverbial headlights. Brizé miscalculates however when in his zeal to pit these downtrodden proles against a soulless corporate nemesis he skews the whole production with a heavy sense of moral superiority. Apparently every thief has a noble excuse and every excuse resonates with Thierry’s own righteousness: one shoplifter has a drug-addicted son to support (oh wow, and Thierry has a son with cerebral palsy!) and another is struggling on a fixed income (oh wow, Thierry knows exactly how THAT feels!). But when one apprehension ends in a rather contrived tragedy you realize just how eager Brizé is to preach to the choir. The ethically correct and wholly predictable closing scene will certainly have hardcore liberals clapping ecstatically while everyone else files out of the theatre. Finally, just in case the audience doesn’t “get it”, the original French title translates as "The Law of the Market". Got it?

Sep 17, 2016

Quote: Man truly reaches his full human condition when he produces without being compelled by physical necessity to sell himself as a commodity. - - Ernesto Che Guerava

Fantastic cognitively advanced presentation for our times. Reminds me of a very awkward employment seminar I attended [the new company was laying us off, secretly offshoring our jobs, and offered this to ostensibly be more employable?!] - - in lieu of working my last few days there. The others attending didn't grasp why I thought it so hilarious that one company didn't want us [opting for cheaper labor] so they thought someone else would?!?! And I had to listen to the simpleton next to me who loved to brag how conservative her Microsoft executive husband was!
[WARNING: Would not recommend this to lovers of Tony Robbins videos.]
Quote: Any fool can have a child. - - Barack Obama
[Che Guerava . . . Barack Obama . . . which would you choose as a leader?]


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