When the party's official candidate, suffering from cancer, is forced to resign, Michel Dedieu is named to replace him at the last minute. Michel is to be confronted very shortly with his ... See full summary »
When the party's official candidate, suffering from cancer, is forced to resign, Michel Dedieu is named to replace him at the last minute. Michel is to be confronted very shortly with his opponent at a TV debate and as he is little known, his campaign committee decides to coach him in a TV studio reproduced in his own home. Michel complies reluctantly. Worse he has a row with his wife, who disappears after having shaken off her bodyguard. The atmosphere is so tense that Dedieu suddenly feels unwell. He is stunned when the doctor he consults tells him he strongly doubts the former candidate really has cancer. Is the new candidate being manipulated then, notably by Georges, the crafty party strategist? Anyway, Michel Dedieu is not going to be anybody's fool ... Written by
The plot appears to be very simple. After the unexpected withdrawal of the initial candidate, Michel Dedieu is designated by his party to continue the presidential campaign. Dedieu, a reticent candidate, must face its adversary the popular Eric Carson during a televised debate. In order to improve Dedieu's image in front of the media, he gathers a group of advisers in a residence in province. There he has only a few days to prepare himself for the coming debate. But behind this simple plot lies a very complicated and intriguing subject. Indeed Niels Arestrup has chosen not a particularly easy subject for his first film as a director. But compared to some American movies on the subject, "The Candidate" succeeds in reflecting very well not only the French political mentality but the whole European as well. And the ups and downs of the central character, played brilliantly by the talented Yvan Attal, are revealed with such elegance that only an actor turned director could achieve. The film itself is not your usual political drama packed with fast paced dialogues and explosive scenes. It actually possesses the fine quality of a good theatrical performance which makes it an even more enjoyable viewing!
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