PROLOGUE: 13th FLOOR
Consulting Conseil’s CEO is giving a townhall meeting in front of the board and is presenting his vision for the company’s future.
Newly hired hostess is getting a pep talk from her boss on how to comply with company norms at Consulting Conseil; guidelines include wearing heavier make-up, attending regular corporate parties, and avoiding any type of disclosure of private details.
REZ DE CHAUSSEE: Main Lobby
Frank, a mildly paranoid receptionist, is bothered by the unusual behavior of a visitor that he suspects to be a kamikaze. His colleague attempts to reason with him; reminding him to stay focused on his daily duties.
1st FLOOR: Communication Department
Brainstormers share ideas on topics for sports attire, nightly moisturizers, and recycling services. As (sexual?!) tensions arise among participants, ideas become more and more specific (and border on the absurd or unprofessional).
2nd FLOOR: Marketing Department
Mr. Cheep tries to accomplish some work before taking a break, but due to external (and internal) distractions, he struggles to focus. His monologue alternates between what to order for lunch (sushi?! And how the heck is sushi made anyway?!), nonsensical rants about midgets, and skin troubles.
3rd FLOOR: Accounting
Head Accountant Ms. Cali and her assistant Emilie are going through some expense reports. The two women discuss employees’ extravagant purchases and strange reimbursement requests all the while extensively gossiping about their colleagues.
4th FLOOR: Mr. Zimmer’s office
Emilie discusses her need to pursue a more adventurous life and reveals to Mr. Zimmer (her boss) that she has decided to quit. While secretly in love with Emilie, Mr. Zimmer is shattered by the news and worries for Emilie’s well being. As it turns out, Emilie will be relocating to the northern, cold and “wild” land of the “Nord-Pas-de-Calais”.
5th FLOOR: Cafeteria
Lucile feels betrayed by a co-worker who modified, without consent, some of her conclusions regarding a market analysis. As she tells her story to whoever drops by, she starts losing grip on her own sanity, implying that her frustration and problems might actually be personal. In the meantime, an unknown employee witnesses the entire situation as it unfolds.
6th FLOOR : Coaching
Louis Dassier, Motivation Coach at Consulting Conseil is running a very mean and vicious session among employees. Today’s topic: how to prevent tears at the workplace? They will have to fight and dance to keep their job.
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8th FLOOR: Coaching
Louis Dassier, the coach is “helping” the office cleaners to communicate, even if it leads to violence.
9th FLOOR: Break room
Mr. Cheep, finally enjoying a coffee break, realizes that he forgot to drive his daughter to school and that she’s been locked in his car all day. The police is here to take him in for questioning at the station after releasing his daughter from confinement.
10th FLOOR: Call Center
Olga and Karim are in love; she tells him that she is pregnant and they discuss their future together… all of this while telemarketing.
11th FLOOR: Job Interview
Mr. Sabian is having a job interview with Mrs. Agopian but the interview is not only about his resume. She is a nymphomaniac.
12th FLOOR: Burn Out
Lucille is experiencing burnout, she wants to jump out of the window and fly like a bird. Her colleagues try to calm her down.
13th FLOOR: The Party
It’s party time at work, there’s food and alcohol. Some people are getting drunk and others take advantage of them. The chairman is drunk, tired, and talking crazy during his entire speech.