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The Human Resources Manager (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 4 March 2011 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Human Resources Manager
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The Weasel
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The Boy
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The Israeli Consul (as Rozina Cambos)
Julian Negulesco ...
The Vice Consul
Bogdan E. Stanoevitch ...
The Ex-Husband (as Bogdan Stanoevitch)
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The Widow
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The Night Shift Supervisor (as Yigal Sadeh)
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The Manager's Ex-Wife
Irina Petrescu ...
The Grandmother
Papil Panduru ...
The Driver
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The Secretary
Roni Koren ...
The Daughter
Silvia Drori ...
The Nun (as Sylwia Drori)
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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Comedy | Drama

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4 March 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le voyage du directeur des ressources humaines  »

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Budget:

€2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,467 (USA) (11 March 2011)

Gross:

$63,709 (USA) (10 July 2011)
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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 »

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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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The initial credits (main cast and crew) are shown over a shot of the army vehicle driving off into the sunset. See more »


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Riviera Boulevard
Written by Cyril Morin
Production:Massive Music
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A Body Without A Home: Enter Human Resources
16 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER is not only the main character of this smart, funny, touching film, it is also the theme: dealing with human responses to illogical situations takes skills few people have mastered. Based on the novel 'A Woman in Jerusalem' by Abraham B. Jehoshua, adapted for the screen by Noah Stollman, and directed with great flair by Eran Riklis, this little story begins as a strange tiny seed and grows into a lesson about the sanctity of the human spirit by films end.

A Human Resources Manager (Mark Ivanir is a multifaceted performance) is divorced from his wife (Reymond Amsalem) and only sees his daughter (Roni Koren) on occasion. He has been brought to Jerusalem by The Widow (Gila Almagor) to be the Human Resources Manager to Jerusalem's largest bakery because of his skills, but soon the climate changes: an Romanian ex-employee Yulia has been found dead due to a suicide bombing in Jerusalem, an employee unknown to the HR Manager, and the Press (in the person of 'The Weasel' - Guri Alfi - a looney photographer journalist) decides to make a case of corporate coldness in the situation. The Widow places the possible corporate disaster in the HR Manager's hands, and after much research, it is discovered that the body being kept in the city morgue cannot be buried without a family member 's signature. Yulia's ex-husband (Bogdan E. Stanoevitch) is uncovered but cannot sign for the body's release because the couple was divorced. The HR manager is directed to take the casket to Romania, have Yulia's mother (Irina Petrescu) sign for it, and bury the body there. The men - HR Manager, ex-husband, and Weasel - begrudgingly set off for Romania where they are met by the Israeli Counsel (Rosina Kambus) and her amour (Julian Negulesco) who offer their van and driver (Papil Panduru) to take the body to Yulia's home. At the town where Yulia had lived the group encounters Yulia's son (Noah Silver), a juvenile delinquent whom the father had thrown out of the home. Many conflicts arise before the boy joins the group, takes the body to the boy's grandmother who informs the little groups that Yulia lived and died in Jerusalem and must be returned there to be buried! The van collapses and the HR Manager and Weasel must return the body to Jerusalem in an army tank. It is an ongoing comedy of errors, but in the course of events the HR Manager rediscovers his own soft side of his humanity and learns the importance of human relations within families, towns, governments and people in general.

Though the story is potentially a very sad statement about how immigrants are treated by corporations and how victims of suicide bombings can be all but forgotten, but the writing of script keeps the all too human acts of errors and acts of personal forgiveness beautifully balanced. The entire cast is excellent, but Mark Ivanir as the Human Resources Manager makes the film work - a brilliant, understated performance that spreads over the entire range of human responses and reactions. The film is visually stunning, showing us the beauty of Jerusalem, the devastation of Romania, and the incredibly picturesque winter scenes in Romania's very catholic towns. In Hebrew, English and Romanian with English subtitles. It is a little gem of a film.

Grady Harp


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