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Question humaine, La, (Heartbeat Detector)
As a Parisian petrochemical company forges on into the 21st century, the in-house human resources psychologist leads a probe that proves the ghosts of the previous century still hold sway over current events in director Nicolas Klotz's labyrinthine drama. Simon (Mathieu Amalric) is a human resources worker who has spent the last seven years working at the Paris branch of a powerful German-based company called SC Farb. In addition to assessing the hiring and firing practices of the company, Simon was also charged with the task of conducting motivational workshops. When Assistant Director… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"Heartbeat Detector works on so many levels at once that its power is difficult to capture."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Heartbeat Detector earns its points, arriving at a potent conclusion with a stealth and meticulousness that knocks the wind out of you."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Cold and intellectual philosophical exposé of how European capitalism developed out of fascism through a mystery story of "corporate soldiers" intrigue."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"A searing indictment of corporate responsibility that will intrigue conspiracy theorists."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Heartbeat Detector doesn't really unfold; when it doesn't drag, it lurches about in fits and starts"
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"As driven by linguistics and euphemism as this film is, it's also a slippery and wonderfully acted drama%u2014Michael Clayton with a far more troubling moral landscape."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Klotz walks a perilous tightrope between profundity and pretension without ever tipping into the chasm."
‑ Scott Foundas, Village Voice
"There's no killer revelation, just a graceful telescoping of past into present and a steadily accumulating dread."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian [UK]
"An intriguing thriller with strong performances and a dense, complex script."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A cinematic flatliner that was dead on arrival."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Though it is in part a stinging commentary on the soullessness of the corporate suit, Nicolas Klotz's film is extremely slow to get on track."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Where Michael Clayton assumed the viewers' utter naïveté regarding corporate malfeasance, Heartbeat Detector's corrosive look at business culture rests on too overdetermined -- and at times outlandish -- a premise."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"At just under two-and-a-half hours, the movie is a horrible bore."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"A confronting examination of human evil in all its enduring banality, Heartbeat Detector takes a crooked path towards its bid for some straight talking."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Director Nicolas Klotz combines an intriguing story with a distinctive ambiance that will appeal to an audience beyond French film aficionados."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
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