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Le promeneur du Champ de Mars (2005)

A young journalist (Lespert) helps the French President compile his memoirs.

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Jalil Lespert ...
Antoine Moreau
Philippe Fretun ...
Docteur Jeantot
Anne Cantineau ...
Jeanne
Sarah Grappin ...
Judith
Catherine Salviat ...
Mado
Jean-Claude Frissung ...
René
Philippe Le Mercier ...
Fleury, le garde du corps (as Philippe Lemercier)
Serge Kribus ...
Riou, le chauffeur
Jean-Claude Bourbault ...
Le libraire
Grégoire Oestermann ...
Garland
Béatrice Bruno ...
Thérèse Manicourt
Philippe Lehembre ...
Chazelles
Istvan Van Heuverzwyn ...
Deletraz
Rémy Darcy ...
Ladrière
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A young journalist (Lespert) helps the French President compile his memoirs.

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16 February 2005 (France)  »

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The Last Mitterrand  »

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$1,112,694 (France) (18 February 2005)
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4 October 2006 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Mister president is sitting in an empty railway carriage (second class) with his little entourage. The train is cruising leisurely through a soggy, foggy, wintry landscape. „What is the color of France?" he asks. As always, he gives the answer himself: „It's gray. France has many shades of gray. Gray is not so bad after all."

This movie is gray and slightly spooky throughout, but that really isn't so bad after all. Michel Bouquet delivers a totally stunning performance as an old, dying sly fox who is very lonely and uses – or abuses – a young writer as a companion with the promise to give him material for memoirs. They go crypt- and cemeterywatching together (preparations have to be made), go for walks on the beach and in the park, and at one time the young, self righteous chap comes in handy because the old gentleman can't make it out of the bathtub alone anymore.

The old man has been surrounded by yes-men too long, he is almost overwhelmed by the sense of his own importance. He is out of touch and he senses that it is difficult to make a clean exit. But, hey, he still wants to have some fun. It consists mainly of manipulating other people, letting them feel his power in a subtle, cultivated way - but, well, that's just too bad. You have to enjoy yourself as long as you can.

I consider this movie mainly a comedy, I really don't care if there are any similarities with people that once existed. If a former French president looked like Michel Bouquet, who makes any film he is in watchable, then I can't help it. The set design deserves special mention, it is usually luxurious and stylish in a presidential way but a little shopworn. And it always seems to be cold in this movie. The atmosphere reminded me of Hal Ashby's Being There.

Anybody who likes gray movies should watch this, others had better stay away.


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