The film, which won the main prize at this year's Deauville Film Festival, is a character study of Bill (Wes Bentley), an insurance adjuster whose straight-arrow approach to life is shaken by what being jobless forces him to do.
It was a three-movie day at the Marrakech International Film Festival, with all of the films set against stark, harsh vistas in which people scramble and struggle just to stay alive. The best of those was Far From Men, by director David Oelhoffen.
Just when we thought we could wait no longer, director Christopher Nolan has supplied the world with another prolonged, at times nearly bewildering sci-fi adventure that will bear repeated viewings by viewers who are unemployed and have little else to do.
In Things People Do, an insurance man with an ideal middle-class set up loses his job because he is too "nice" when investigating insurance claims. And like the protagonist of Murnau's celebrated 1924 film The Last Laugh, Bill is too ashamed to let his family know.
The JFF programming is vibrantly eclectic, with over 200 movies from 50 countries. While many are Israeli, others span varied genres, nations, themes and styles. I've experienced the thrill of discovery with two of the selections screened thus far.