1999. France. Laurent Cantet. 100 min.
Sunday, March 2, 2008, 4:45 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1999. France. Directed by Laurent Cantet. Screenplay by Cantet, Gilles Marchand. With Jalil Lespert, Jean-Claude Vallod, Chantal Barré. As France today experiences violent social and economic upheaval, Cantet's breakthrough feature, a measured yet ultimately wrenching look at the impact of corporate politics on one French family, could not be more timely. Frank, a business school graduate, returns to his provincial hometown to take a management position in the factory where his father has been working for thirty years. His naive ambitions lead to a series of layoffs that pit labor against management, and father against son. As Stephen Holden of The New York Times observes, "The movie's dramatic climax is a father-son confrontation of stunning cruelty. Although the movie stops short of outright tragedy, it is suffused with a grief born of rifts that may never be mended." Courtesy New Yorker Films. In French; English subtitles. 100 min.