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The Measure of A Man – Film

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

Emotional, touching, moving:  the main character sadly reflects the story of the great majority of people’s life in today’s modern society.

Measure of a Man

Dheepan – Cannes Film Festival 2015 Award

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!