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HEARTBEAT DETECTOR

by Nicolas Klotz

synopsis

The strange investigation by Simon, a psychologist working in Human Resources for the Parisian subsidiary of a German multinational. Specialist in role play, motivational seminars and evaluation aimed at restructuring, Simon is asked by the director of the subsidiary Karl Rose, a liberal through and through, to investigate Mathias Jüst, a director general who is suspected of being mentally unstable. Weighing up a possible power struggle between the two men, the psychologist will, bit by bit, uncover a culture of denouncement and surveillance. Resembling the elements of an enigmatic puzzle bringing back the horrors of the nazi period, Simon will discover worrying links between the nazis methods and those of the personal departments in modern big business.

international title: Heartbeat Detector
original title: La Question humaine
country: France
sales agent: Films Distribution
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Nicolas Klotz
film run: 141'
release date: FR 12/09/2007, ES 14/11/2008
screenplay: Elisabeth Perceval
cast: Mathieu Amalric, Michael Lonsdale, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Lou Castel, Laetitia Spigarelli
cinematography by: Josée Deshaies
film editing: Rose-Marie Lausson
art director: Antoine Platteau
costumes designer: Dorothée Guiraud
producer: Sophie Dulac, Michel Zana
production: Sophie Dulac Productions
backing: MEDIA programme
distributor: Sophie Dulac Distribution

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