VENICE, Sep 10 (Reuters) – The tension between work and profit in globalized market economies is at the center of French director Stéphane Brizé’s new film “Another World”, the story of a factory manager to whom his bosses are asking to fire his own workers.
The film, which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Friday, follows actor Vincent Lindon as Philippe Lemesle, part of the French unit of Elsonn, a fictitious multinational manufacturing company.
At home, her marriage fell apart due to the pressures of her job. In the office, he is confronted with angry colleagues who question his values and loyalty as he draws up a list of those who will lose their jobs.
The film is the latest installment in a trilogy about issues at Brizé’s work, but the director told Reuters the man’s strained relationship with his own family was just as important as his work in “Another World.” .
“It’s a story of people questioning their commitment, both professionally and personally,” he told Reuters in an interview.
While his previous two films on the subject – also starring Lindon – examined the employee-employer relationship from a workers’ perspective, this time it is the manager and his own inner conflict that takes center stage.
“I wanted to get out of the dichotomy, which is maybe a little simplistic and comfortable, that you have bad managers who hurt nice workers,” Brizé said.
He added that he wanted to approach the problem from a different angle, without neglecting the plight of the weakest in society, nor seeking sympathy for the highly paid business owners.
“A lot of these managers, a lot of them, weren’t born to be a hangman, but they slowly find themselves becoming a hangman and losing a part of their humanity.”
The film is one of 21 titles vying for Best Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, which ends on Saturday.
Reporting by Silvia Aloisi Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky
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