A New World (2021, Stéphane Brizé) / Isaac Cabrera Bofill

Philippe Lemesley (Vincent Lindon) is a regional director of a large multinational who is not going through his best family moment, as he is in the process of divorce as a result of the excessive time his position requires. The big company asks for a new staff adjustment to please the boss and the investors. However, everything has a limit and Philippe will end up facing the bosses and a change of course that will question the meaning of everything around him.

“A New World” is the latest bet by French film director Stéphane Brizé, thus closing the so-called trilogy of work that began in 2015 with “The Law of the Market” and followed by “At War” in 2018. In all three films we have Olivier Gorce as screenwriter and actor Vincent Lindon as protagonist. Therefore, they put us back in front of a reality that affects us all, that is, the power of investors and the ruthless coldness of capital to do without workers with the sole objective of increasing profits at all costs. It does not matter the age, the experience, the personal sacrifices and the will; For these multinationals, employees are just numbers, pieces of a macabre game in which they always win. Whoever has the money gives orders and the rest obey no matter how much they want to resist and propose other less drastic and fairer solutions. Within capitalism justice is based on deception. Strive for and for the company and you will go far. And a shit…

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The protagonist, a manager in a very uncomfortable situation, has the difficult task of firing and tightening the screws on those who remain so that they continue to produce the same or more, but with fewer personnel. And if an accident occurs or productivity declines, the fault lies with the workers and not with the dollar vampires. Philippe Lemesley does not want to look beyond the pages full of names and numbers that he constantly reviews throughout the film, marker in hand so that everything fits and the investors are happy. Now, what all these senior managers or managers forget is that, sooner or later, they too are eliminated in this rush forward. In fact, there are two scenes that give good faith of this endless race to which the system forces us. One of them is that of Philippe Lemesley himself exercising on a treadmill. The second is where the son wants a long list of textbooks to study and make up for lost time and not fall behind in the course. That is one of the basic ideas of capitalism. They dehumanize us, they turn us into machines that only think about producing and whose software is designed so that failure alerts go off as soon as we decide to analyze whether what we are doing is correct or not.

“A New World”, which again has nothing, is a film with a basic script but it works thanks to well-chosen shots that divide the film into two parts, closed shots at the beginning to convey the anguish and oppression of the work environment , open shots for a second part in which the protagonist feels more liberated when the way of seeing things changes. This liberation is also felt by the viewer who, in some way, needs hope for the world to come. Sorry, that world that is coming has been here for a long time and if you don’t believe me, check out some of these films (there are many more and equally interesting): “The good boss” (2021, Fernando León de Aranoa), “The working class goes to paradise” (1971, Elio Petri), “Sorry We Missed You” (2019, Ken Loach), “Capital” (2012, Costa-Gavras) and “The land of great promise” (1975, Andrzej Wajda).

Isaac Cabrera Bofill
attorney Political and Administration Sciences

A New World (2021, Stéphane Brizé) / Isaac Cabrera Bofill