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22 February 2006 (France) See more »
A magistrate investigates a corporate executive. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 20 March 2006)

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Dry. Very dry but very good! See more (20 total) »


  (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:o.Al. (f) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG

Did You Know?

Four Chabrols worked on the film: Director and co-writer Claude Chabrol, his screenplay-supervisor wife Aurore Chabrol, and his two sons: composer Matthieu Chabrol and actor Thomas Chabrol.See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Dry. Very dry but very good!, 7 June 2009
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

L'IVRESSE DU POUVOIR, which was oddly re-titled as A COMEDY OF POWER for the North American market (I saw it under LUST FOR POWER on cable), is a very good French flick about corruption in the government and a magistrate's attempts to bring the bad guys to justice. The magistrate is played by the sublime Isabelle Huppert. One could say that the film can viewed as some sort of black comedy about how controlling the corrupting qualities of power is ultimately futile. The film is played straight. There are no big Hollywood moments in it which for many will turn off most viewers. The film can be described as dry. Very dry. There are no mushy sentimental moments. No sex. No violence. Very little swearing. The dramatics are very low key. Heck, the music is almost non-existing. The direction is so minimalistic that it creates a tension of sorts in that I expected the director to shock us with something really bad just waiting to happen at any moment and ready to derail the whole controlled tone of the film.

The dialogue is spoken quickly and even though I understand French, the subtitles were good in keeping track with the rapid fire exchanges.

Aside from the assured direction, the main reason to watch L'IVRESSE DU POUVOIR is Isabelle Huppert's laser sharp performance. She's so good and direct, not a wasted moment or emotion in her entire performance. It's something to behold. Watching the petite woman, with her red gloves and purse, corralling all these corrupt folks, is unforgettable and it's what remains in your head days after seeing the film.

A very satisfying movie that's a nice change from the usually over-the-top approach most films take these days.

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