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Comedy of Power (2006)
"L'ivresse du pouvoir" (original title)

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A magistrate investigates a corporate executive.

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Jeanne Charmant-Killman
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Jacques Sibaud
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Philippe Charmant-Killman
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Jean-François Balmer ...
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Jean-Baptiste Holéo
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René Lange
John Arnold ...
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Jean-Christophe Bouvet ...
Me Parlebas
Jacques Bouanich ...
Le gardien de la prison
Benoît Charpentier ...
Journaliste économique
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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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$10,061 (USA) (5 January 2007)

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$78,917 (USA) (23 March 2007)
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Unfortunately a Fictional Judge
26 January 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Paris, the obstinate and tough judge Jeanne Charmant-Killman (Isabelle Hupert) investigates a corrupt and powerful corporation that is embezzling public funds and its president Michel Humeau (François Berléand) is arrested and sent to prison. She uses the hearing to collect evidences against the board and lobbyists, and sends one by one to prison. Meanwhile the group sabotages the brakes and the steering wheel of her car forcing her to have the protection of two bodyguards. Then they use a promotion to try to persuade her to stop her work, moving her to a bigger office expecting competition and friction with the also competent and honest judge Eryka (Marilyne Canto) but they become close friends focusing the same objective. Meanwhile her personal life is affected and she breaks off with her husband. When her husband apparently jumps off his apartment, Jeanne has to come up with a decision.

"L'Ivresse du Pouvoir" is another great movie of Claude Chabrol with a plot that recalls the style of Costa-Gravas. The story is extremely realistic about corrupt corporations involved in embezzling public money and a judge that becomes obsessed in sending the responsible to prison and make a difference in the corrupt justice system. All the cast has stunning performances, but the awesome Isabelle Hupert has another top- notch performance contrasting her fragility with the strength of her character that unfortunately is a fictional judge. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Comédia do Poder" ("Comedy of the Power")


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