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The Measure of a Man(La Loi du marché)

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France · 2015
1h 33m
Director Stéphane Brizé
Starring Vincent Lindon, Karine de Mirbeck, Mathieu Schaller, Yves Ory
Genre Drama

Thierry is 51 and has spent 20 months on unemployment, after losing his job as a factory worker. When he finally lands a new job as a security guard in a supermarket, he faces a moral dilemma when his employer asks him to spy on his underperforming coworkers. What is he willing to do in order to keep his job?

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Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

It exhibits the spry subtlety of Jean and Luc Dardenne's films, and, consequently, it's possible that it will be similarly mistaken for a work of “naturalism.”


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Brizé ("Mademoiselle Chambon") is a humanist, not an economist, and his modest but moving new film is a welcome reminder that — for someone who can't afford to put food on the table or provide a proper education for their child— business is always personal.


New York Post by Farran Smith Nehme

French director Stéphane Brizé films in lingering takes, with Lindon in almost every shot, and the actor is wonderful, able to convey Thierry’s conflict even when his back is to the camera.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

Lindon's performance is so perfectly judged, so inspiring of an avalanche of sympathy and empathy without ever seeking it out, that we are on Thierry's side immediately, feeling every slight and every instance of condescension perhaps even more strongly than he does himself.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

The Measure of a Man is solid social document that offers insight into quiet lives lived by those who don't give in - despite every good reason - to desperation.


The Guardian by Jordan Hoffman

The Measure of a Man’s decision to keep its conflicts so microscopic in the service of realism is a real problem. Put bluntly, Brize’s touch is so light that it’s immeasurable.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

Highlighted by an all-consuming lead performance from Lindon – surrounded here by an excellent cast of non-pros – this third collaboration strays further into Dardennes Bros. territory than previous efforts, although its depiction of an Average Joe scraping by in contemporary France features its own unique voice.


The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

Brizé doesn’t have the Dardennes’ gift for narrative complexity, and he stacks the deck against his hero more than is really necessary.... But The Measure Of A Man’s beating heart is Lindon’s performance.


The New Yorker by Richard Brody

Most of Lindon’s fellow-actors are nonprofessionals who do their real-life jobs onscreen, and the intrinsic fascination of their performances—and of the world of work itself—opens exotic speculative vistas.


Variety by Scott Foundas

Brize (“Mademoiselle Chambon”) makes compelling drama out of the most ordinary of circumstances, and draws a lead performance from frequent collaborator Vincent Lindon that is a veritable master class in understated humanism.

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