Video Services Corp.
The Measure of a Man (La loi du marché)
A film by Stéphane Brizé
Opening April 15
TORONTO – TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St W
Opening April 22
OTTAWA – Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury Special Mention – 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Best Actor (Vincent Lindon) – 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Best Actor (Vincent Lindon) – 2016 César Awards
2015 Cannes Film Festival
2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
2015 Vancouver International Film Festival
2015 New York Film Festival
“a veritable master class in understated humanism” – Scott Foundas, Variety
“Brizé’s intimate lensing puts us inside the conversations, letting us feel the aching humanity in every moment.” – Tim Greirson, Paste Magazine
“French social critique at its finest” – Benjamin Dodman, The Atlantic
Amidst ominous headlines constantly warning of a new potential global financial meltdown, comes The Measure of a Man, Stéphane Brizé’s intimate portrayal of one man’s struggle to keep his family afloat in our new economic order, opening in Toronto on April 15 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, from Video Services Corp (VSC).
Thierry (Vincent Lindon) is an unemployed everyman who has submit to a series of quietly humiliating ordeals in his search for a new job. From futile retraining courses that only lead to dead ends, to workshops where jobseekers heavily criticize each other, he finds himself navigating a series of mechanisms that seek to break him down and strip him of identity and self-respect. When he is finally able to land a job in surveillance, he starts to face a new set of moral dilemmas.
“It’s one thing for a business to make money. It’s another if it physically or morally abuses its employees to do so,” says director Brizé. “Work has become a rare commodity. Like water. And companies ultimately have an enormous amount of power. If a company is healthy, the exchange between it and the employee is harmonious. But if this company acts like a dictatorship brandishing a nuclear weapon, then the employee becomes little more than canon fodder.”
A hit at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival where it received universal critical acclaim and a special mention from the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes, The Measure of a Man is wrtier/director Stéphane Brizé’s sixth feature. Brizé’s decision to cast amateur actors alongside award-winning veteran actor Vincent Lindon has been credited as one of the reasons behind the film’s powerful realism. Lindon’s performance in the film earned him the Best Actor award at Cannes and a recent César Award for Best Actor.
About Video Services Corp.
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all-platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes “Corner Gas,” Sharknado, “Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves,” and Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey series. Recent theatrical releases include Sundance 2015 Grand Jury Prize winner for U.S. Documentary The Wolfpack, TIFF 2015 Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award first runner-up This Changes Everything, and 2015 Berlinale Golden Bear winner Jafar Panahi’s Taxi. Upcoming titles include TIFF selection Sunset Song.