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L'ivresse du pouvoir
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  (in credits order)

Isabelle Huppert ... Jeanne Charmant-Killman

François Berléand ... Michel Humeau

Patrick Bruel ... Jacques Sibaud

Marilyne Canto ... Erika
Robin Renucci ... Philippe Charmant-Killman

Thomas Chabrol ... Félix
Jean-François Balmer ... Boldi
Pierre Vernier ... Président Martino
Jacques Boudet ... Descarts
Philippe Duclos ... Jean-Baptiste Holéo
Roger Dumas ... René Lange
John Arnold ... Homme jaguar #1

Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... Me Parlebas
Jacques Bouanich ... Le gardien de la prison
Benoît Charpentier ... Journaliste économique
Laurence Colussi ... Secrétaire ascenseur
Dominique Daguier ... Inconnu #2

Stéphane Debac ... Flic trentenaire #1
Pierre-François Dumeniaud ... Leblanc
Raphaëlle Farman ... La cantatrice
Pierre-Henri Gibert ... Larbin pôle financier
Michelle Goddet ... Nicole Humeau (as Michèle Goddet)
Cyril Guei ... Le diplomate africain
Fernand Guiot ... Le Belge (voice)
Sophie Guiter ... Evelyne
Jean-Marie Juan ... Marco
Aicha Kossoko ... Infirmière Jeanne (as Aïcha Kossoko)
Nathalie Kousnetzoff ... Michèle
Pascale Mariani ... Femme de ménage Palais
Raphaël Neal ... Inconnu 1
Jacky Nercessian ... Le maître d'hôtel du club
Jean-Pierre Niobe ... Jipé
Emmanuel Noyant ... Policier 1
Anthony Paliotti ... Surveillant fouille
Guy Perrot ... Le médecin
Hubert Saint-Macary ... Le directeur de la prison
Michel Scourneau ... Homme Jaguar #2
Yves Verhoeven ... Benoît, le greffier
Jean-Marie Winling ... L'homme de pouvoir
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Leguéret ... Flic Trentenaire #2 (as Eric Sendra)
Pascale Michaud
Eric Moreau ... Un client du grand hôtel (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Odile Barski 
Claude Chabrol 

Produced by
Françoise Galfré .... executive producer
Patrick Godeau .... producer
Alfred Hürmer .... co-producer
Original Music by
Matthieu Chabrol 
Cinematography by
Eduardo Serra 
Film Editing by
Monique Fardoulis 
Production Design by
Françoise Benoît-Fresco 
Costume Design by
Mic Cheminal 
Makeup Department
Fabienne Bressan .... key hair stylist
Reynald Desbant .... hair stylist
Axel Guemraoui .... hair stylist
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... makeup artist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Jean-Christophe Roger .... makeup artist
José Salguiero .... makeup artist
Production Management
Grégory Back .... assistant unit manager
Laurent Bourgarel .... assistant unit manager
Pascale Guerre .... assistant unit manager
Michel Jullien .... production manager
Serge Klinger .... assistant unit manager
Alexis Lavergne .... assistant unit manager
Thierry Magniez .... unit production manager
Sandrine Rouquié .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominique Frizat .... assistant director
Vincent Guillerminet .... assistant director
Eymeric Ioualalen .... assistant director
Cécile Maistre .... first assistant director
Art Department
Pierre Galliard .... property master
Mathieu Junot .... assistant art director
Michel Mourgues .... set dresser
Catherine Pierrat .... set dresser
Sound Department
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Denis Carquin .... sound assistant
Vincent Cosson .... sound re-recording mixer
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Michel Filippi .... post-synchronization
Thierry Lebon .... sound re-recording mixer
Lionel Lebras .... boom operator: post-synchronisation
Pierre Lenoir .... sound
Anaïs Libolt .... sound trainee
Vincent Maloumian .... assistant foley artist
Julien Naudin .... foley artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Michel Atanassian .... electrician
Michel Atanassian .... grip
Florent Bazin .... first assistant camera
Eric Bonnaire .... grip (as Erik Bonnaire)
Gabriele Buti .... video assistant
Mathieu Caudroy .... Steadicam operator
Stéphane Duchemin .... grip
Xavier Embry .... grip
Franck Fiquet .... electrician
Michel Garçon .... generator operator
Pierre-Henri Gibert .... still photographer
Moune Jamet .... still photographer
Laurent Lemonnier .... grip
Margot Lestage .... second assistant camera
Georges Manuélis .... electrician (as Georges Manulélis)
Laurent Martin .... grip
Marc Mulero .... electrician
Marc Nove .... electrician
Dominique Robert .... key grip
Philippe Vigier .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandrine Bernard .... costume supervisor
Laurence Glentzin .... costumer
Hélène Kurant .... costumer
Editorial Department
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Stanislas Moreau .... assistant editor
Olivier Rossignol .... assistant editor
Music Department
Laurent Petitgirard .... conductor
Other crew
Vincent Bell .... location scout
Aurore Chabrol .... script supervisor
Stéphanie Fouet .... administrator
Jean-Benoit Guillon .... travelling car
Cyril Lagarde .... travelling car
Sandrine Rouquié .... production assistant
Eva Simonet .... press attache

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'ivresse du pouvoir" - France (original title)
"A Comedy of Power" - Canada (English title)
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USA:110 min | France:110 min | Argentina:110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | France:U | Germany:0 (f) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Part Thriller, Part Picture of a Marriage, 24 February 2007
Author: harborrat28 from United States

Jan 7, 2007

In Comedy of Power, Isabelle Huppert plays Jeanne Charmant-Killman, a driven French investigating judge who is committed to rooting out systemic corporate corruption and bribery. As a judge and a woman, she finds herself lined up against entrenched old-boy attitudes and an acceptance of corporate corruption shared by most of the powerful older male characters including those in a position to influence her career.

Comedy of Power asks whether a woman in a position of power and influence can be effective and also have a life. Huppert is superb as the skinny workaholic Charmant-Killman (is this last name an intentional pun, I wonder). She has no time to eat or sleep, little or no empathy or tendresse and no time for her husband. It is difficult to decide where Chabrol comes out on the question of whether she is admirable for her determination and courage or despicable for her ambition and callousness. Perhaps, in just posing the question in such stark terms, Chabrol ultimately displays his own prejudice.

At the same time that Comedy of Power examines these somewhat cerebral questions, it also manages to keep us on the edge of our seat (not on a Hitchcockian level, but enough to make us flinch when the doorbell rings).

All in all, this was a very good movie.

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