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La conquête (2011)

Not Rated | | Biography | 18 May 2011 (France)
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A look at French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power.

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A look at French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power.

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The man behind the woman behind the man.

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$16,273 (USA) (11 November 2011)

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$68,479 (USA) (24 February 2012)
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François Cluzet was originally slated to play Sarkozy, and Lambert Wilson to play Dominique de Villepin. But they both backed out and were replaced by Denis Podalydès and Samuel Labarthe. See more »

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Cuts to the heart of a politician's mind
17 November 2011 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The Conquest has exceptional acting, a brutally honest script, no attempt to sweeten a power-monger from what he/she is. An top-notch case study in what the ultimate "Type A" personalities (presidential candidates) are like, Durringer succeeds with The Conquest where Stone failed with Nixon and W by over-sentimentalizing the ruthless, power-hungry nature of their subjects by emphasizing an altruism that's not really there. The fact that its subject matter may not be immediately familiar shouldn't deter you from watching the movie, as the characters are well-acted enough you'll be entertained anyway. Will you sympathize with Podalydes' version of Sarkozy? At times, as his character isn't a clear-cut hero or villain but a number of shades of gray in this docudrama-like approach that is much different than Brolin's version of W. The Conquest is the best political drama I've seen in years. I wish that it went on to cover Sarkozy's courtship of Carla Bruni, but I suppose that could make a good sequel.


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