Eran Riklis, the mind behind (heavy) Lemon Tree and (light) The Syrian Bride, is the second director to make a film that has as its heart the situation of a figure I call the inhabitant. (The other is Alejandro González Iñárritu, with Biutiful.) The inhabitant is a man/woman who works anywhere in the world, under any conditions, often without the rights of citizenship. In The Human Resources Manager, the inhabitant is from Romania, works in a bread factory in Jerusalem, and is killed by a suicide bomber. The HR manager of the title travels with the inhabitant's remains to her country of origin—and only at the very end of the film is its essence revealed. For the second year in a row, the Seattle Jewish Film Festival opens with a strong work. The director will be present at tonight's screening. (Pacific Place, 600 Pine St, www.seattlejewishfilmfestival.org, 7:30 pm, $18)

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