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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 Gueï ... 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 .... re-recording mixer
Denis Carquin .... sound assistant
Vincent Cosson .... re-recording mixer
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Michel Filippi .... post-synchronization
Thierry Lebon .... 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
Location Management
Vincent Bell .... location scout
Music Department
Laurent Petitgirard .... conductor
Other crew
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:Tous publics | 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 | UK:12 (DVD)

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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 11 people found the following review useful.
flawed but worthwhile, 9 June 2007
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

In November 2003, after a sensational trial that rocked the Republic of France for four scandal-soaked months, three key executives of that country's ELF oil company were found guilty of massive corporate malfeasance on a scale not seen in Europe since the turbulent days of World War II. The graft, money laundering, and granting of political favors for which these men were convicted extended into the upper reaches of the government as well, so the scandal served a concomitant salutary purpose of finally laying bare that nation's long-established practice of state-sponsored corruption.

"Comedy of Power" is famed director Claude Chabrol's very fictionalized take on the ELF scandal. Yet, while most of the names and many of the details have been changed or even fabricated for the movie, the themes and concerns are obviously very much in keeping with the spirit of the actual event. The always mesmerizing Isabelle Huppert plays a no-nonsense judge who is unrelenting in her pursuit of corporate corruption, obsessed with bringing the culprits - no matter their position or standing in the community - to justice. Refusing to buckle under to pressure from (equally corrupt) higher-ups who believe she is going too far in her investigations, Judge Jeanne Charmant-Killman zeroes in on her "victims," refusing to let go until she gets what she wants. Chabrol and Huppert together create a woman of conviction and strength who, nevertheless, knows her limitations and can even acknowledge what a strain her single-minded determination is placing on her personal life and marriage (whether or not she chooses to do anything about it is another matter).

It's true that "Comedy of Power" feels a little underdeveloped at times, and the somewhat inconclusive and lackadaisical ending may well leave some in the audience feeling dissatisfied and cheated. For while there is a certain bravery in not succumbing to the need for a pat resolution, the movie leaves us wanting to know more about how everything turns out in the end. Yet, despite this drawback, this is an interesting, and, at times, even gripping little drama that gives us a chance to watch a beautiful, dynamic actress in action. It is Huppert's multi-layered portrayal of a moral crusader who is also very much a flawed and vulnerable human being that rivets our attention and helps us wade through all the arcane trivia of the corporate-world plotting. Chabrol keeps the film moving at an expeditious pace, with a tasty mixture of both humor and suspense thrown in for good measure. But it is in the confrontation scenes between Huppert and her various high profile targets that the film truly engages our attention.

In addition to Huppert, Chabrol has elicited uniformly sharp performances from Francois Berleand, Patrick Bruel, Marilyne Canto, Robin Renucci and Thomas Chabrol (the son of Chabrol and the great actress Stephane Audran). As an ensemble, these gifted performers bring the larger issues into focus while keeping us thoroughly engrossed and entertained at the same time.

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