The latest installment in France’s long line of social realist cinema, The Measure of a Man is an experiential essay on unemployment and the modern capitalist workplace. With incisively long observational takes, Lindon’s performance takes centre stage as the fiftysomething adrift in the job market, while Brizé exposes the covert and ruthless financial forces at play. Unremittingly bleak, the film takes a long, hard look at one man’s battle for dignity in a system that affords none.
The Measure of a Man (Der Wert des Menschen) | Directed by Stéphane Brizé (France 2015) with Vincent Lindon. Starts March 17
Originally published in issue #147, March 2016.