The contretemps between newcomer Pierre and Fred, a hot-headed troublemaker, gets out of hand when his teenage son falls under the blaggard's sway.
Philippe Le Guay's third feature merits praise for tackling the topic of bullying in the workplace and for espousing those unfashionable virtues - patience and forgiveness. But, while he succeeds in capturing the grim beauty of a small-town factory, he allows his storyline to descend into melodramatics.
The contretemps between newcomer Pierre (Laroche) and Fred (Barbe), a hot-headed troublemaker, opens with simmering intensity. But Pierre's willingness to give Fred the benefit of the doubt becomes unbelievable, especially once his pre-teen son falls under the blaggard's sway.
Laroche's deep-breath dignity is essentially persuasive, but Barbe's vindictiveness is never tethered to a plausible cause, thus rendering his actions unconvincingly random.
A forgettable ending betrays the impressive psychological realism that provides the film's punch.