Filmed with understated, documentary-style realism, Stéphane Brizé’s powerful French drama The Measure of a Man (La Loi du marché) is a match for Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake as a stirring portrayal of the indignities and humiliations heaped upon the poor in today’s globalist world.
Vincent Lindon won the best actor award at Cannes in 2015 for his role as the film’s everyman protagonist, an unemployed middle-aged man who is put through a series of petty bureaucratic ordeals by the powers that be before finally landing a soul-crushing job as a hypermarket security guard.
Lindon is quietly affecting as a man striving against the odds to hang on to his decency and humanity, while his non-professional co-stars (mostly cast as fictional versions of themselves) give the film its striking authenticity.
Certificate PG. Runtime 89 mins. Director Stéphane Brizé
The Measure of a Man debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Wednesday 5 July.