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The Human Resources Manager
THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER is a dramedy 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. It was Israel's official entry for the 2011 Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category. HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER is a Film Movement release, runs for 103 minutes, is in Hebrew, English and Romanian with English subtitles, and is not yet MPAA-rated. The Human Resources Manager of Jerusalem's largest bakery is in trouble. He is separated from his wife, distanced from his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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"If director Eran Riklis's intention is to show the blossoming humanity, so to speak, of a human resources manager, the transformation is much too subtle to work."
‑ Rachel Saslow, Washington Post
"Yehoshua and Riklis are sometimes better at setting things up than following through, but the result suggests a novelistic density."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The long, long journey that makes up the bulk of the film is bizarrely undramatic."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"A light drama with some tilts towards droll comedy, The Human Resources Manager is ultimately a very humanist film, offering a commentary on the way modern life has become so regulated and routine."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"It's a lovely film, a compassionate one that has a sense of humour about the world of Eastern Europe and yet a respect also. Four stars from me."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Even with incidents involving drunken locals, an underground bunker and a decommissioned tank, the film doesn't build the comic momentum of good intentions hurtling downhill in a strange land."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Ivanir's acting is the key - he portrays the transition without sentimentalizing his character."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"A sometimes serious, sometimes quirky road movie sees an HR Manager travel from Jerusalem to Romania with a dead body, a collection of strange characters, and a slowly developing conscience about the fate of the dead."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"a quirky film that offers much more than its unorthodox style that veers from tragedy to comedy and back again without every quite losing the laser-like focus on the struggle for people to assert their unique identity in a world that may not care"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"Deftly steering between politics, poignancy and dark humour, this absorbing road movie is also one that proves morally interesting."
‑ Annette Basile, FILMINK (Australia)
"A cross-cultural shaggy-dog story along the lines of Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero.""
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
""Human Resources Manager" adroitly mixes moving personal drama, absurdist comedy and site-specific cultural situations."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A bittersweet Israeli road movie about the difficulties of putting other people first."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Riklis captures and inspires a sense of character and regional authenticity in his work, just as he did so wonderfully with The Lemon Tree. But there is also a nagging degree of contrivance with this film."
‑ Simon Foster,
"Although the story is relatively simple, it is studded with complex themes and unexpected elements which make it rich and layered ... a surprisingly uplifting film, without ever turning away from the harsh realities of its elements"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
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