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aka LA QUESTION HUMAINE
USA: Red Envelope Entertainment / New Yorker Films
UK: Trinity Filmed Entertainment
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Michael Lonsdale, Jean Pierre Kalfon, Laetitia Spigarelli, Valerie Dreville, Edith Scob, Lou Castel, Delphine Chuillot, Nicolas Maury, Remy Carpentier
Director: Nicolas Klotz
Language: French (English subtitles)
USA: 141 mins
UK: 140 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains infrequent strong language and holocaust theme
USA Release Date: 11 March 2008 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 16 May 2008 (Limited Release)
Based on the book "La Question Humaine" by François Emmanuel, HEARTBEAT DETECTOR is a radical and unsettling new French drama that explores the current political, economic and social landscape of French corporate thinking.
Seen through the eyes of Simon Kessler (Mathieu Almaric), a company psychologist working in the Human Resources Department of multinational petrochemical corporation SC Farb, he uncovers a terrible layer of secrets when asked by the sinister managing director Karl Rose (Jean-Pierre Kalfon) to investigate the erratic behaviour of the company's CEO, Mathias Just (Michael Lonsdale).
What Simon Kessler exposes is a quietly riveting mystery of blackmail, betrayal and even murder, as the long-buried secrets of high-powered corporate executives within the hierarchy of SC Farb's repressed past ultimately all come to light and threaten to bring them down.