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The Conquest (2011)
"La conquête" (original title)

 -  Biography  -  18 May 2011 (France)
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A look at French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power.

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Bernard Le Coq ...
Michèle Moretti ...
Samuel Labarthe ...
Dominique de Villepin
Emmanuel Noblet ...
Bruno Le Maire
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Laurent Solly
Pierre Cassignard ...
Frédéric Lefèbvre
Dominique Besnehard ...
Pierre Charon
Michel Bompoil ...
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Rachida Dati
Gérard Chaillou ...
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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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18 May 2011 (France)  »

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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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A remarkable sort of movie
7 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The other reviewer spoke about how good the imitators are here, and it's true. The actors who play the parts of Chirac, de Villepin, and a few of the other roles, look a great deal like their real-life counterparts. But that wasn't what most interested me in this very entertaining movie. This is really a no-holds-barred presentation of Sarkozy as a monomaniacal, power-hungry little despot. I couldn't imagine such a film being made about a sitting president here in the US. Even Michael Moore's depiction of Bush during the 9/11 disaster, while it ridicules him, comes nowhere close to this sort of thing. Nor does Frost/Nixon, which of course was filmed long after Nixon left office.

Where fact stopped and fiction/imagination begins I didn't always know. But this is one very devastating movie, all the more so because Denis Podalydes does not settle for some sort of caricature, which, given Sarkozy's personal ticks, would have been easy. He gives a very developed, well-rounded presentation of a rather frightening, and not really funny, individual - who could learn a lot about himself by watching this movie.


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