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The Human Resources Manager

Cyril Morin

In this acclaimed 2010 adaptation of the 2006 A.B. Jehoshua novel “A Woman in Jerusalem,” Israeli director Eran Riklis (Lemon Tree, The Syrian Bride) tells the story of a human resources manager at a massive Israeli bakery who must journey to Eastern Europe on a somber mission to ward off a potentially catastrophic public embarrassment for his company.

In their second collaboration, following 2004’s
The Syrian Bride, director Riklis and French composer Cyril Morin strike a more darkly humorous pose, underlining the film’s absurdist qualities while simultaneously emphasizing its brooding humanism. Post-modern interpretations of traditional Hebrew and Eastern European music rendered with traditional instruments eventually foster a hybridized collection of cues reinforcing the two regions’ shared ethnic, cultural and musical identities: the reverential “The Mission,” the buoyant Gypsy-inspired “Escaping the Cemetery,” the soulful waltz “A Woman in Jerusalem,” the hauntingly somber “A Proper Funeral."
The Human Resources Manager

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