Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 26, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
132 minutes
Limited Release Date
03/29/02
performer
Aurelien Recoing, Karin Viard
director
Laurent Cantet
distributor
THINKFilm
author
Robin Campillo, Laurent Cantet
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

As a middle-aged businessman recently unemployed and going to increasingly creative lengths to hide the fact from his family, Aurelien Recoing manages to convey pride and shame, resignation and liberation, sometimes just in the way he drives in silence. This profound psychological drama piles the lies up slowly, with particular insight into the subtleties of manly self-invention. There’s piercing sadness, and fury, too, in this Everyman’s isolation, and filmmaker Laurent Cantet is skilled at evoking the universal condition of such tragic ordinariness. A

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