The Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present THE MEASURE OF A MAN, a French social realism drama that follows the trials of Thierry (Vincent Lindin), a working class man who struggles to triumph over social tragedy. The film premiered at the 2015 Festival De Cannes earning Vincent Lindon the best-actor award.
THE MEASURE OF A MAN tells the story of a skilled factory worker who is one of 700 abruptly laid off employees as he tries to find new work. During his search, he endeavors to maintain his dignity while being subjected to humiliating treatment by prospective employers. After being unemployed for almost two years and going through online job coaching and Skype interviews, he accepts a lower level job as a security guard at a big box store. Now he faces the challenge of not only can he make ends meet, but can he endure the position’s responsibilities of catching people for committing infractions when the situation is not so clear-cut.
Director Stephane Brize’s treatment lends a semi-documentary feel to the film by using non-actors and shooting at close range. Much of the movie consists of compact, direct scenes that add details to a larger emerging portrait. There are sequences where Thierry and his wife persevere to find happiness in small pleasures such as dance lessons. Throughout the film Thierry’s basic respect for himself and others comes through, which causes you to cheer him on.
J.R. Jones of the “Chicago Reader” says “It's a memorable portrait of a man whose dignity and humanity are slowly pried away from him, until he snatches them back at the end.” [2016, France, Runtime: 93 min., French with English subtitles, Non-Rated]
Screening times are 4:00 pm on Friday, June 10th, 7:00 pm on Saturday, June 11th, 4:00 pm on Sunday, June 12th, and 7:00 pm on Wed. June 15th and Thursday June 16th. The Cinema Art Theater is located at 17701 Dartmouth Drive in Dartmouth Plaza, behind the Lewes Wawa.
Admission for each screening is $8 per film for RBFS members and $10 per film for future members. Tickets can be purchased at the Cinema Art Theater, starting 30 minutes prior to each screening.