Specific robot: 13 films about unusual professions

Why wait for the weekend to find adventure, if there are already enough of them at work? There are such professions that can provide impressions to the eyeballs. And the cinema is ready to lift the veil of secrecy over rare and specific activities. With our selection of the best films about the most unusual professions, you can find out how the working days of those who never get bored at work go.

The Sound of Silence (2019)

The stylish and elegant music theorist has given himself an unusual professional reboot. A man with absolute pitch “tunes” houses and apartments in order to eliminate background noise, which leads to negative consequences. Another client of a unique specialist is a woman who recently moved to New York and faced with chronic fatigue syndrome.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The Sound of Silence

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Tony Revolori…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Personal Shopper (2016)

The heroine of a French film about rare professions works as a personal assistant – a fashion expert, helping a wealthy socialite choose stylish outfits. The girl leads a secluded life and even with her employer almost never meets live. Returning to her childhood home, a personal shopper senses the supernatural presence of her dead brother.

Original title:  
Personal Shopper

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:  
Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Boisi…

Country:  
France, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:  
16+


Our brand is a crisis (2015)

The self-confident and swaggering politician is clearly not going to win the upcoming presidential elections in Bolivia. A power-hungry candidate turns to a well-known American political strategist for help. After a loud scandal, the PR shark retired and does not intend to get involved in an uninteresting project, but, seeing his sworn enemy at the headquarters of competitors, agrees to cooperate.

Original title:
Our Brand Is Crisis

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton, Anthony Mackie…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Lovelace (2013)

Biographical drama based on real events in the life of American pornographic actress Linda Lovelace. The sensual pretty girl became a real star, starring in the sensational film Deep Throat. Behind the seductive image lies a difficult fate, a toxic relationship with a boyfriend, the dirty behind the scenes of the porn industry. Life’s zigzags lead the adult film star to fight for women’s rights.

Original title:
Lovelace

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Amanda Seifred, Peter Sarsgaard, Robert Patrick …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Stringer (2013)

The thief, who was tied up with crime , was out of work for a long time, until he found out that he could make good money by selling videos from the scene of various incidents and disasters to TV channels . The former criminal patrols the night city in search of events and delivers shocking footage to news programs. However, in an unusual profession there is a very fierce and dangerous competition for valuable material.

Original title:  
Nightcrawler

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:  
18+


Heartbreaker (2010)

A seductive man has chosen a truly unusual profession for himself – to separate couples that are undesirable for clients for money. A specialist in such an exotic craft takes only those who are unhappy in a relationship, but for a very large fee, he can try to destroy the union of even an almost perfect couple. That’s just the opposition to strong feelings becomes an impossible mission.

Original title:  
L’arnacoeur

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Romain Duris, Vanessa Paradis, Julie Ferrier…

Country:  
France, Monaco

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


I’d like to go to heaven (2009)

In the midst of a crisis, companies have to lay off massive numbers of employees, but it’s a tough test for executives to announce layoffs. The owner of an unusual profession is ready to come to the aid of compassionate managers – a staff reduction consultant. A seasoned lawyer travels the country doing his nerve-wracking job, living in rooms and making do with random women until he realizes his life lacks consistency.

Original title:  
Up in the Air

Genre:  
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:  
George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Crazy Club (2009)

A biographical film based on the memoirs of photojournalists who worked in South Africa during the decline of apartheid. The four photographers took sensational shots of desperate clashes and tragic deaths. The fixation of terrible events hits the nerves hard, forcing some to seek salvation in alcohol , and others in an attempt to change reality.

Original title:  
The Bang Bang Club

Genre:  
Drama, biography, history

Actors:  
Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch…

Country:  
Canada, South Africa

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:  
16+


Cleaner (2007)

The former police officer, having retired, mastered an unusual profession and started cleaning crime scenes. Having completed the next order, the cleaner realizes that he accidentally destroyed important evidence and fell under suspicion. Now you have to remember the old skills of investigating crimes and find the real villain. His associates and the wife of the murdered man, who have not forgotten him, will help in the investigation.

Original title:
Cleaner

Genre:
Thriller, crime, detective

Actors:
Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


99 francs (2007)

Screen adaptation of the sensational novel by the French writer Frederic Begbeder. A successful advertiser sells a variety of products to the masses, and in his spare time he has fun with women and cocaine . An affair with a new young employee of the agency and a work meeting that did not go according to plan unsettle the creative genius , forcing him to oppose his own principles and commercial system.

Original title:  
99 francs

Genre:  
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Jean Dujardin, Joslin Kivrin, Patrick Millet …

Country:  
France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


Playing Victim (2006)

The young guy graduated from the university, but turned out to be unclaimed in the labor market in his specialty. To earn money, the hero of the film takes a rather strange position – his duties include portraying victims in investigative experiments. A team of three police officers works purely for show, but among the criminals there are rare originals that turn an already unusual procedure into an absurdity.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Yuri Chursin, Vitaly Khaev, Marat Basharov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


They Smoke Here (2005)

A tobacco company employee has a very difficult task: to make smoking as popular as possible. Difficult times have come for the industry: young people refuse cigarettes, anti-tobacco legislation is being tightened. An experienced lobbyist contributes to the appearance of product placement of cigarettes in films, spoils the reputation of fighters for a healthy lifestyle, fieryly speaks on talk shows. The popular American film is based on the satirical novel by Christopher Buckley.

Original title:  
Thank You for Smoking

Genre:  
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Cameron Bright…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:  
18+


Pickup Rules: The Hitch Method (2005)

A skilled psychologist , nicknamed Dr. Swat, will help even the most timid guy to win the girl of his dreams for a solid reward. However, the next case turned out to be too complicated even for a seasoned professional: an inconspicuous accountant wants to marry a glamorous diva. Trying to cope with an impossible mission, a burnt pimp falls head over heels in love with a gossip journalist.

Original title:  
Hitch

Genre:  
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Amber Valletta …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:  
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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