THE MEASURE OF A MAN
Original Title: LA LOI DU MARCHÉ
Running Time: 93min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Cinema 360º
We are in France, but it could be any other country. Thierry (Vincent Lindon) is fifty-one and unemployed. He is not accustomed to doing job interviews via Skype. He enrolls in retraining courses that lead nowhere. He submits himself to a workshop where his resumé is scrutinized as if it were a bizarre puzzle. This is how we do things now, he supposes. When he finally lands a job it is as a security officer in a supermarket, he is expected to uphold the surveillance and control of his fellow co-workers—something Thierry feels profoundly ill-suited for.
Unlike many films attempting to reckon with the new economic order, Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure of a Man focuses on the moral, rather than the political. In his stoic struggle to find a place under the sun, Thierry always seeks to apprehend and adapt to the system. Neither revolutionary nor a pushover, he seems to have slipped into our time by mistake.
Lindon, who won Cannes’ Best Actor prize for this role, has created a character that superbly combines fragility and strength, awareness and innocence, embodying an ideal of working-class integrity from another era. With this carefully rendered portrait, Brizé honors the sort of man that the modern world no longer knows how to take measure of. – Orlando Rojas
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Director: Stéphane Brizé
Producer: Christophe Rossignon, Philip Boeffard
Screenwriter: Stéphane Brizé, Olivier Gorce
Cinematographer: Eric Dumont
Editor: Anne Klotz