The Human Resources Manager
Eran Riklis' latest film and the follow-up to his popular hit, Lemon Tree
, is one of his best.
Adapted from the novel by A.B. Yehoshua, the film starts in Jerusalem, when the unclaimed body of a woman killed in a suicide bomber's attack, turns out to be that of a foreign worker in one of the city's large bakeries.
Worried that the continuing newspaper coverage might damage the reputation of her business, the owner of the bakery insists on memorialising the murdered woman and sends her personnel officer to escort the body back to Romania so that she can have a dignified funeral.
However, mystery surrounds the woman's identity and how and why she came to Jerusalem, and there is a surreal journey to the impoverished backwaters of far-off Romania. As events unfold, the officer soon learns more than he bargained for about the woman's life and, ultimately, about the 'human resources' he himself possesses.