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Alain Delambre is a 57-year-old former HR executive, drained by four years of hopeless unemployment.
All he is offered are small, demoralizing jobs. He has reached his very lowest ebb, and can see no way out.
So when a major company finally invites him to an interview, Alain Delambre is ready to do anything, borrow money, shame his wife and his daughters and even participate in the ultimate recruitment test: a role-playing game that involves hostage-taking.
Alain Delambre commits body and soul in this struggle to regain his dignity.
But if he suddenly realised that the dice had been loaded against him from the start, his fury would be limitless.
And what began as a role-play game could quickly become a bloodbath.
Alain Delambre, the 57-year-old antihero of this intriguing but overly long thriller from Lemaitre (Three Days and a Life), works a menial job sorting cardboard boxes of medications. When his supervisor kicks Alain in the behind because he's too slow in his duties, Alain breaks his supervisor's nose. The fight unleashes a capacity for violence that Alain didn't know he had. After he's fired, Alain, who used to be a human resources executive at a Paris firm before being laid off during a downsizing, accepts an invitation from a major company to an interview that requires him to participate in a mock hostage situation. This exercise involves members of Alain's family, and he soon gets carried away, humiliating his wife, Nicole, and his grown daughters, Lucie and Mathilde, and punching his son-in-law, Gregory. Things just go downhill from there for the arrogant and self-centered Alain, and the violence gets worse. Many readers will empathize with Alain's rage over workplace discrimination against older employees, but the overstretched plot builds to an unlikely conclusion that will satisfy few. Lemaitre has done better.