Deeply moved by this article. All my sympathy and compassion to this fellow teacher.
Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure of a Man won Best Actor prize at Cannes for Vincent Landon for his intense and rigorous depiction of a man struggling with the confines of working class life. This is accomplished and assured film-making, reminiscent of Laurent Cantet’s Human Resources, and also the close attention to the drama of everyday lives present in the Dardenne brothers’ work.
Vincent Lindon, plays Thierry, made redundant from his factory job. The film follows him through the depressing and sometimes farcical search for work in contemporary France, whilst trying to retain his dignity and humanity. While there are charming comic touches, this is a naturalistic and devastating view of blue collar life in the modern world. A rich and carefully judged film. (adapted from www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk)
Emotional, touching, moving: the main character sadly reflects the story of the great majority of people’s life in today’s modern society.
I found this film fully engaging and involving right from its start. It made me reflect on the horrors, traumas and especially post-traumas of wars and conflicts, and the strain and difficulty that survivors undergo trying to fit in a “normal” life. However, in the end things turn out well in defiance of so much violence, brutality and pain.
I strongly doubt this the case for everyone, though!
I haven’t watched this film yet, but I’ll do it shortly. I’d like to use it in class with my teenage students. I’m sure it will have a positive impact on them.
I’ve just seen this new film by Iranian director Jafar Panahi. I highly recommend it… “it is subtle, humorous and humane. It tells you more about modern Iran than you’ll discover on the news”. Worth watching it!
One of the best street party in the world is on in London last weekend of August (Summer Bank Holiday)