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  • Summary: The Human Resources Manager of Jerusalem’s largest bakery is in trouble. He’s separated from his wife, distanced from his daughter and stuck in a job he hates. When one of his female employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing and her body remains unclaimed, the bakery is accused of inhumanity and indifference. The
    Human Resources Manager is sent on a mission to make things right. He embarks on a complex journey, beginning in the mystical streets of Jerusalem and continuing in frozen Romania. The Manager finds himself leading an awkward convoy to the dead woman’s village including her rebellious son, a pesky journalist determined to ruin him, a quirky consul, an old veteran driver and a coffin. Far from home, on a mission to honour a woman he didn’t even know but has somehow grown to admire, the Human Resources Manager rediscovers his own humanity and his ability to truly care for human resources. (EZ Films)
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Mar 10, 2011
    80
    More than anything, this is an intelligent audience picture, a solid and engrossing piece of old-school filmmaking, both humane and character driven, in which the various protagonists learn something - not too much and not too easily - about the nature of their lives.
  2. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Mar 4, 2011
    75
    An enjoyable mix of tragedy and comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Mar 5, 2011
    70
    With the stranger in a strange land motif, the movie plays a little bit like the 2007 Israeli dramedy "The Band's Visit" and Liev Shreiber's "Everything Is Illuminated" rolled into one.
  4. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 2, 2011
    60
    It's undeniably humanistic; resourceful and well managed, however, are a different story.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 4, 2011
    50
    A disappointingly shallow story in which only the dead are named, and the living are reduced to stereotypes.
  6. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Mar 17, 2011
    50
    It serves up a broad humanistic lesson with absurdism and black comedy more sad than barbed.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 22, 2011
    50
    Because we don't know or care much about the characters, this Israeli film never fulfills its potential as either an absurdist comedy or a humane drama.

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