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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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The Israeli Consul
Julian Negulesco ...
Bogdan E. Stanoevitch ...
The Ex-Husband (as Bogdan Stanoevitch)
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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)  »

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Le voyage du directeur des ressources humaines  »

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Budget:

€2,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,003, 6 March 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,709, 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 »

Quotes

the Human Resources Manager: You have a family? A wife?
Weasel: We're talking about me now?
the Human Resources Manager: You live with your mom, huh?
Weasel: [forced laugh] That's nonsense.
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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
Publishing: Some Players
Courtesy of Music Package
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Is it a tragic comedy or a comic tragedy?
26 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

The Human Resources Manager (2010), directed by Eran Riklis, is a film that starts off with the death of a Romanian immigrant in Israel. Although her death was not work-related, an investigative reporter--"The Weasel"--decides to publicize the case as an example of the cold-hearted approach of the company to its employees. (The company officials did not realize that she had died.) To counteract the negative publicity, the human resources manager is sent to accompany the body to Romania, and to arrange for burial. Of course, The Weasel shows up in Romania as well.

Naturally, complications ensue. The complications make up the real plot of the film. The HR Manager is out of his element, doesn't speak Romanian, and is a Jew among Christians. He is trying to act in good faith, but personal problems, mechanical problems, and religious problems continue to obstruct progress.

This isn't a bad film, but it's somewhat formulaic, and not always very funny. The acting is good, especially that of Mark Ivanir as the HR manager and Guri Alfi as The Weasel. There are some humorous moments, but the grim, unhappy moments outweigh them.

This wasn't really a memorable film for me. It's worth seeing if it comes your way, but I wouldn't seek it out. We saw it at the excellent Rochester Jewish Film Festival, in the wonderful Dryden theater at George Eastman house. However, there's no reason it shouldn't work as well on the small screen.


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