The Measure of a Man

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Schedule

Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 6:30pm
Friday, Nov. 11 at 5:00pm

In “The Measure of a Man,” a powerful and deeply troubling vision of the realities of our new economic order, 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 workshop critique of his self-presentation by fellow job-seekers — all are mechanisms that seek to break him down and strip him of identity and self-respect. Stéphane Brizé’s film dispassionately monitors the progress of its stoic protagonist until at last he lands a job in the surveillance and control of his fellow man and finally faces one too many moral dilemmas. The LA Times says of “The Measure of a Man”: “Sensitively handled yet unafraid to elicit squirming, and boasting a seriously affecting turn by Lindon — who won last year’s Cannes award for Best Actor — it’s a miniature portrait of quotidian desperation that nevertheless speaks to the collective psychic moan of job-seekers and those barely holding on everywhere.”

2015
93 min.
French

Directed by

Stéphane Brizé

Country

France

Film Category

Interfaith Competition International Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus

Subject

Class Issues

Genre

Drama

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