Night Shift Review

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.

by David Parkinson |
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Release Date:

01 Feb 2002

Running Time:

97 minutes



Original Title:

Night Shift

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.
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