THE HUMAN FACTOR (28', France, 2011)

 

What is good for the factory is good for the family! Winner at Clermon-Ferrand, THE HUMAN FACTOR creates with the help of found footage a tragicomical depiction of the birth of the efficiency theories of Frederick Taylor. As the story goes, in 1914, an engineer exchanges letters with his wife, while away on a mission to reorganize a factory. As he tells her about his experiments in taylorism, she picks up bits and pieces of this method and applies it to her daily tasks at home. While the Taylor system starts to disappoint him, his wife becomes a true domestic engineer.

Director: THIBAULT LE TEXIER

 

Cast: AURÉLIEN RECOING, TODD SELLS, CÉCILE GARCIA-FOGEL, KATE MORAN (voices)

Screenplay: THIBAULT LE TEXIER

Editing: VIRGINIE VÉRICOURT

Music: ADRIEN COGNEY

Sound: VINCENT BORDELAIS

Producer: ALICE BECKMANN

Production: G.R.E.C. (GROUPE DE RECHERCHES ET D’ESSAIS CINEMATOGRAPHIQUES)



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Director's contact: letexier[at]singularity[dot]fr

 

 

With a PHD in Economics and Philosophy studies at Sorbone, former social worker and NGO activist, THIBAULT LE TEXIER is not a typical film director. Collector and photographer, he made his debut in film with THE HUMAN FACTOR. The experimental short won him a prestigious award at Clermont- Ferrand and was screened all over the word. One must not think he could get in contact easily with the French director. As he himself states, his distinguished features are: no TV, no cell-phone, no wallet, no Facebook, no twitter, no car, no rolling luggage.

 

Best First Movie - Clermont-Ferrand 2012 / Audience Award - FDFF André Targe 2012 / Festival Silhouette 2012 / Hamburg 2012 / Edinburgh 2012 / IndieLisboa 2012 / NewFilmmakers 2012 / New York City IFF 2012 / Indianapolis 2012 / European Film Festival 2012 etc.

 

“Standardization means progress!” and “What is good for the factory is good for the family!” are some of the intriguing “conclusions” of the unsettlingly contemporary THE HUMAN FACTOR, a caustic and humorous revisiting of the increasing efficiency theories of the influent engineer Frederick Taylor and their effect on society, and also an example of creative repurposing of archive footage. In the 20s, an engineer seduced by taylorism is sent to reorganize a factory. Away from home, he exchanges letters with his wife: while he tells her about his experiments in taylorism, the woman gathers these pieces of information and starts using them in the household. This layer of the story is presented through audio samples containing their dialogue, while the images reveal a collage of archive footage depicting the economic American dream. Gradually though, while the husband starts having doubts that this system is working to the benefit of the individual, his wife takes more steps into thoroughly systematizing the household. Reminding of Chaplin’s MODERN TIMES, THE HUMAN FACTOR is a study on alienation and the absurd of consumer society." (Andreea Mihalcea, BIEFF 2012)

 

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