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15 January 2000

Human resources


Vincent, who is in his early forties, leads a double life. While he drives aimlessly along highways and hangs out in gas stations and rest stops, he tells his family that he has a very busy professional life. In truth, he has been unemployed for several weeks and is hiding this from the people around him. He lives in a small country town with his wife Muriel, their three children and his parents who are local dignitaries. He invents a new position as an international public servant in Switzerland. This allows him, as he supposedly moves to Geneva, to borrow money from his father and above all, gives him free time. He uses this freedom to set up a scam involving his old classmates from college to whom he offers fake investment opportunities in Switzerland. Obliged not only to get hold of money at any cost, but also to elaborate more and more on his fictional position each day, Vincent gets caught in a trap of his own making: not working gradually becomes a full-time  job.

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Laurent Cantet

Ecrit en collaboration avec

Gilles Marchand

Assistants réalisateur

Emile Louis, Rafaèle Ravinet-Virbel, Dominik Moll

Conseiller Artistique

Gilles Marchand


Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta

Producteur executif

Barbara Letellier

Directeur de production

Mat Troi Day


Matthieu Poirot Delpech, Claire Caroff


Philippe Richard, Antoine Ouvrier


Romain Denis

Montage: Robin Campillo

Montage son

Valérie Deloof


Fabrice Conessa

Une co-production

La Sept ARTE/Haut et Court