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Heartbeat Detector [DVD] [2007]

Mathieu Amalric , Michael Londsdale , Nicolas Klotz    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mathieu Amalric, Michael Londsdale
  • Directors: Nicolas Klotz
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Trinity Films
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CBWB7G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,612 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Heartbeat Detector is an immersive corporate thriller in which Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell And The Butterfly) plays Simon Kessler, an in-house corporate psychologist, who is asked to investigate the erratic behaviour of the company CEO (Michael Lonsdale). His investigations take him under the skin of his company, and its neutral corporate language, to dark, Caché-style transgressions.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: As a Parisian petrochemical company forges on into the 21st century, the in-house human resources psychologist leads a probe that proves the ghosts of the previous century still hold sway over current events in director Nicolas Klotz's labyrinthine drama. Simon (Mathieu Amalric) is a human resources worker who has spent the last seven years working at the Paris branch of a powerful German-based company called SC Farb. In addition to assessing the hiring and firing practices of the company, Simon was also charged with the task of conducting motivational workshops. When Assistant Director Karl Rose (Jean-Pierre Kalfon) implores Simon to conduct a clandestine assessment of firm director Mathias Jst's (Michael Lonsdale) mental health after rumors of erratic behavior begin to circulate in the German head office, the shrewd human resources worker forms a factory orchestra as a means of stealthily gauging the stability of his violin-playing subject. Later, a comprehensive investigation of company archives and anonymous letters begin to snake ominously back in time to the darkest days of World War II. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Ceasar Awards, ...Heartbeat Detector ( La question humaine ) ( The Human Question (Heart beat Detector) )

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbeat Detector 18 Aug 2008
By Jamie
This film is riveting and utterly engrossing. Upcoming Bond baddie Matthieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) gets a film to himself here - already a reason to watch - and the film that he gets is a chilling, provocative look at corporate life that will make you think twice about putting on your suit to go into the office again. The way that Nazi Germany creeps into the picture is terrifying. A staggering piece of cinema.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Heartbeat Detector [2007]

"Heartbeat Detector" is one hell of a difficult film to fathom, it has taken me three viewings to understand just how complex and deep the issues raised in this film are.

Simon Kessler (Mathieu Amalric) a corporate psychologist responsible for recruitment has also written the rule book for selecting staff for redundancy, and promoting corporate bonding. Confident and assured in his position he is suddenly asked to investigate the increasingly strange behaviour of CEO Mathias Just.

The investigation leads him into his CEO's father's involvement in the early stages of the holocaust and he becomes increasingly disturbed, seeing false parallels between the NAZI persecution of ethnic minorities and his own selection methods, compounded by a report he reads on techniques used to prevent illegal immigrants concealing themselves in Lorries.

Simon comes to perceive himself as a latter day Adolf Eichmann.

The slow and subtle disintegration of Simon Kessler, some fine musical interludes tapping into his neurosis, his difficult relationship with his girlfriend Louisa (Laetitia Spigarelli), are all submerged in a complex dramaturgy with abstruse references to persecution.

Fortunately the fine acting by all the principals holds the problematical material together, but at times one does question the direction.

PROBLEM - is the film solely about the obsessive misguided collapse of an introverted and obsessive man, or is it a serious attempt to voice concerns about modern commercial disciplines running parallel to fascist regimes, possibly both.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enigmatic and Haunting 2 Nov 2009
If only for the masterful performance of Amalrik, this film is well worth seeing. Playing the character of a corporate psychologist in charge
of the Human Resources Department, and responsible, among other tasks, for the streamlining and restructuring of their personnel (read sack
and dismiss), he dominates the whole film, with his spare body language, intense gaze and ghost like complexion. The storyline is almost
irrelevant - a shadowy intrigue in which the past of a trio of corporate executive slowly unravels and the hero's personal life and certainties
The ideological point made here is that the corporate policy of retrenchment and efficiency buildup (Amalrik as the
in house psychologist organizes seminars in which participants are made to go beyond their limits) is a mirror image
or counterpoint of the Nazi culling and elimination of unwanted people. As such it may be a little overstated but the slow, haunting pace of
the film, the sometimes frozen images (the recurring image of the chemical plant chimney stacks), the way Amalrik seems to decompose as he delves
into the accusations and counter attacks of the "villains" is spellbinding.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious 6 Jan 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Mathieu Almaric is worth watching in the film and is one of those actors who always seems to be on the money. However, this is a bit of a dead loss otherwise as it resembles a thriller with all the excitement taken out. Instead of building to a climax, the film fizzles out to a voice over against a black screen bleakly describing the human consequences of the Holocaust.

Whilst the premise of the film could have been interesting (the use of Nazi techniques to improve the performance of the workforce of a large, multi-national company), the fine speeches distract from the flow of the film rather than enhance the narrative. Granted that it is well acted, an entertainment this film is a non-starter and ultimately this seemed to lack credibility. I was extremely disappointed in this film and found it extremely depressing. Generally I welcome films that deviate from the Hollywood norms, but in this instance it was over-long, lacked any tension and , in the end, rather baffling.
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