Un Autre Monde
After social dramas ‘At War’ and ‘The Measure of a Man’, Stéphane Brizé explores the world of corporate work.
Vincent Lindon plays Philippe, a workaholic executive, opposite Sandrine Kiberlain as his long-suffering wife, brought to breaking point by the demands of his job. She’s going because the man she loves has slowly allowed himself to be consumed by the pressure of his job. An executive in an American industrial group who’s caught between a rock and a hard place, Philippe no longer knows how to satisfy his superiors’ demands and is running out of steam.
Brizé’s story - which premiered at the recent Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim - and the way it is told, are absolutely of the moment. A nervously roaming camera closes in on faces filled with quiet desperation; the talk that reduces people’s lives to numbers is counterpointed by telling silences. When 'Another World' reaches a satisfying pay-off in the final scene, you feel that we have all earned it.