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Comedy of Power (2006)

L'ivresse du pouvoir (original title)
A magistrate investigates a corporate executive.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Charmant-Killman
Michel Humeau
Jacques Sibaud
Robin Renucci ...
Philippe Charmant-Killman
Thomas Chabrol ...
Pierre Vernier ...
Président Martino
Jacques Boudet ...
Philippe Duclos ...
Jean-Baptiste Holéo
René Lange
John Arnold ...
Homme jaguar #1
Me Parlebas
Jacques Bouanich ...
Le gardien de la prison
Benoît Charpentier ...
Journaliste économique


A character study. Jeanne Charmant-Killman is an investigative magistrate, tough minded, swift moving, taking on a group of political fixers who pay bribes and skim large sums for personal use. She breaks them one at a time. Meanwhile, her work takes its toll: relations with her husband are strained, and the group under investigation strikes back by tampering with the brakes of her car and placing a mole in her office. Can she stand up to the pressure, and what's her reward? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

22 February 2006 (France)  »

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Comedy of Power  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,078,848 (France) (24 February 2006)


$78,917 (USA) (23 March 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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The scenario is based on a true story, the "Affaire Elf" political and financial scandal in France. See more »


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19 February 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Claude Chabrol return to his form with this masterpiece. I saw it at the Berlinale and the battle for tickets was worth it. Chabrol directs his actors in a very subtle way; it is not the main plot points that arouse your emotion, but small moments in the game between Charmant Killman and her opponents. Although all opponents are deeply bad people, Chabrol succeeds in giving them "things" that make them human beings and recognizable characters. Including all supporting and even one-line-characters. Watch Killmans Bodyguards, for example. Watch how Chabrol begins and ends scenes - very unusual. Watch the juxtaposition of Killmans life as a judge and her private life. I won't say much about the film itself, as it is good to know nothing about it before. It's a wise film, "La Piovra" in a cinema version (and much shorter), dealing with a topic that is most important in our western industrial countries - silent corruption. Most times the corruption theme in films bores, but Chabrol and Huppert make it a joy.

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