This modern day parable marries the edgy naturalistic style of Beauvois' first two films (Nord and Don't Forget You're Going to Die) to a more overt narrative framework. Set in a vividly rendered Normandy community, the story focuses on Magimel's anguish when his father is sacked from the factory. The workforce is too cowed to respond to the young man's agitation, so he plots a more intimate revenge, seducing the factory owner's wife (Baye). Inevitably, things get messy. Beauvois seems unsure how far he wants to pitch into melodrama - or tragedy: he opts for Bach on the soundtrack. And if the film doesn't really hold any surprises, it nevertheless creates a compelling aura of political and emotional estrangement.