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The Conquest -- Denis Podalydès delivers a witty yet commanding portrayal of Nicolas Sarkozy and his rise to the French presidency. The film depicts the future president of France as a bold and unashamed virtuoso of political combat.
The Conquest -- A look at French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power.

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Director:
Writers:
Patrick Rotman (screenplay)
Xavier Durringer (adaptation)
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Release Date:
18 May 2011 (Belgium) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The man behind the woman behind the man.
Plot:
A look at French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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The Story of a Man who Wins an Election and Loses a Woman... See more (8 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Denis Podalydès ... Nicolas Sarkozy
Florence Pernel ... Cécilia Sarkozy
Bernard Le Coq ... Jacques Chirac
Michèle Moretti ... Bernadette Chirac
Samuel Labarthe ... Dominique de Villepin
Emmanuel Noblet ... Bruno Le Maire

Hippolyte Girardot ... Claude Guéant
Mathias Mlekuz ... Franck Louvrier

Grégory Fitoussi ... Laurent Solly
Pierre Cassignard ... Frédéric Lefèbvre
Dominique Besnehard ... Pierre Charon
Michel Bompoil ... Henri Guaino
Saïda Jawad ... Rachida Dati
Gérard Chaillou ... Jean-Louis Debré
Nicolas Moreau ... Pierre Giacometti
Yann Babilée ... Richard Attias (as Yann Babilée Keogh)
Fabrice Cals ... Michaël Darmon
Laurent Olmedo ... Philippe Ridet
Bruno López ... Jean-François Achilli
Jean-Pierre Léonardini ... Bruno Jeudy
Laurent Claret ... Philippe Rondot
Dominique Daguier ... Jean-Louis Gergorin
Vincent Jouan ... Caméraman France 2
Frédéric Barbe ... Ingénieur du son France 2 (as Frédéric Duff Barbé)
Marine Royer ... Delphine Byrka
Monica Abularach ... Elodie Grégoire
Patrick Rotman ... Présentateur TV
Ellie Tardy ... Journaliste blonde
Lyré Gonty ... Hôtesse Fouquet's
Ghislaine Pons ... Ouvrière usine
Philippe Maymat ... Garde du corps Nicolas Sarkozy
Frédéric Piatti ... Garde du corps Nicolas Sarkozy
Christophe Thuillier ... Garde du corps Nicolas Sarkozy
Cyrille De Bréville ... Garde du corps Nicolas Sarkozy
Marco Bella ... Garde du corps Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Pucheu ... Garde du corps Nicolas Sarkozy
Cyril Vendola ... Garde du corps Nicolas Sarkozy
Philippe Scaglia ... Garde du corps Nicolas Sarkozy
Xavier Fillol ... Garde du corps Nicolas Sarkozy
Bernard Molmy ... Huissier Élysée
Jean-Pierre Rupp ... Huissier Élysée

Jean Miez ... Photographe
Dominique Tufano ... Le commissaire
Isabelle Auvray ... Conseillère Sarkozy
Marina Fonteneau ... Conseillère Villepin
Bob Sanzey ... Conseiller Chirac
Agnès Parmentier ... Assistante Pierre Giacometti
Jérémie Fontaine ... Louis Sarkozy
Gabrielle Atger ... La fille de Cécilia Sarkozy
Stéphane Roquet ... Vigile Fouquet's
Mireille Vandekerkhove ... Femme Fouquet's
Patricia Verneau ... Jeune femme blonde piscine
Jean-François Grammes ... Technicien régie
Sylvie Raspail ... Hôtesse de l'air
Aurélien Théreaux ... Commandant de bord
Jérôme Bézier ... Pilote Zodiac
Stéphane Guérineau ... Pilote Zodiac
Jean-Luc Guérineau ... Pilote Zodiac
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anne Sophie Level ... Assistante Richard Attias (as Anne-Sophie Level)
Julie Baronnie ... amie de Cécilia (uncredited)
Eric Moreau ... Un ouvrier usine visité par Sarko en 2005 (uncredited)
Christophe Rouzaud ... Un ouvrier usine visité par Sarko en 2005 (uncredited)

Directed by
Xavier Durringer 
 
Writing credits
Patrick Rotman (screenplay)

Xavier Durringer (adaptation)

Patrick Rotman (dialogue) &
Xavier Durringer (dialogue)

Produced by
Eric Altmayer .... producer
Nicolas Altmayer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nicola Piovani 
 
Cinematography by
Gilles Porte 
 
Film Editing by
Catherine Schwartz 
 
Casting by
Françoise Menidrey 
 
Art Direction by
Eric Durringer 
 
Costume Design by
Jürgen Doering  (as Jurgen Doering)
 
Makeup Department
Virginie Berland .... wigs
Dominique Colladant .... special makeup effects artist
Virginie Duranteau .... key hair stylist
Arnaud Guelle .... hair stylist
Anne Moralis .... wig maker
Liliane Rametta .... key makeup artist
Liliane Rametta .... makeup designer
Catherine Vrignaud .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
François-Xavier Bazin .... production manager
Violaine Chain .... executive in charge of business and legal affairs
Patricia Colombat .... post-production manager
Alain Dominiecki .... assistant production supervisor
Marie-Paule Ester .... assistant production supervisor
Stéphanie Jossec .... assistant unit manager
François Lebourg .... assistant unit manager
Chantal Malrat .... production supervisor
Marie-Jeanne Pascal .... production manager
Hélène Pruvost .... assistant chief of production
Julien Rambaud .... unit production manager
Philippe Raulin .... assistant post-production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elise Durel .... trainee assistant director
Chaouki El Ofir .... trainee assistant director
Maurad Kara .... second assistant director
Pier Francesco Paredes Choto .... second assistant director
Ambre Valade .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Eric Braye .... property master
Kamel Chetouane .... assistant art director
Nicolas Contre .... property master
Nicolas Contre .... set dresser
Cécilia Duhamel .... on-set dresser
Xavier Floris .... assistant art director
Edo Husakovic .... assistant property master
Enrico Pittiglio .... painter
Manuel Poulain .... carpenter
Vincent Stupar .... assistant art director
Pierre Zouaoui .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Fabien Adelin .... foley and adr recordist
Julien Baissat .... foley artist assistant
Olivier Burgaud .... boom operator
Pascal Dedeye .... foley artist
Alexis Feodoroff .... sound mix technician
Gabriel Hafner .... dialogue editor
Clément Laforce .... assistant sound
François Musy .... sound re-recording mixer
Zacharie Naciri .... adr boom operator
Guillaume Sciama .... sound
Antoine Trameçon .... assistant foley recordist
 
Special Effects by
Philippe Alleton .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Laurent Brett .... main title designer
David Danesi .... visual effects producer
Vincent Leroy .... visual effects coordinator
Amandine Moulinet .... coordinator: vfx
Romain Moussel .... digital artist
Alexandre Pluquet .... title designer
Gregory Tournier .... visual effects coordinator
Sofi Vaillant .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Victor Abadia .... electrician
Timothée Anciaux .... grip
François Berroir .... gaffer
Mathieu Caudroy .... steadicam operator
Sébastien Fanchault .... grip
Philippe Janois .... grip
Emilie de la Hosseraye .... still photographer
Samuel Lahu .... second assistant camera
Boris Lévy .... grip
Simon Maggiolo .... key grip
Philippe Porte .... gaffer
Simon Roche .... camera trainee
Rodolphe Soucaret .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Franzo Curcio .... extras casting assistant
Martin Rougier .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie-José Alvarez .... wardrobe supervisor
Jérémy Barré .... costume assistant
Valérie Cutter .... costume assistant
Charlotte Lebourgeois .... costume assistant
Laure Villemer .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Mathilde Delacroix .... colorist
Raphaëlle Dufosset .... digital dailies colorist: Eclair
Clément Guégan .... digital conformation
Camille Langlais .... assistant editor
Guillaume Lauras .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Gabriele Conti .... score engineer assistant
Valérie Lindon .... music supervisor
Cristina Piovani .... music executive producer
 
Other crew
Marie Barré .... location scout
Nicolas Carchenilla .... assistant unit manager
Michael Darmon .... advisor
Marie-Paule Ester .... production assistant
Carole Fevre .... script supervisor
Yann Le Borgne .... location scout
Jean-Baptiste Pouilloux .... making-of (as Jean Baptiste Pouilloux)
Felipe Salazar .... assistant location manager
 
Thanks
Marie Deroudille .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"La conquête" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
105 min
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Certification:
Canada:14A (Ontario) | France:U | Netherlands:AL | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | USA:Not Rated
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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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The Story of a Man who Wins an Election and Loses a Woman..., 25 June 2012
Author: ElMaruecan82 from France

This is "The Conquest" in a nutshell, a film that takes an ironic twist on the good old "Behind every great man, there is a woman". And to those who still doubt the evidence, just take a look at the actual crisis that undermined the new President's image as a 'regular guy': everything went well for François Hollande until his partner sent a message against his ex-wife, and many detractors commented that a man who couldn't hold his woman couldn't hold France. Ironically, the same sentence is spoken during the film, by Dominique De Villepin, probably Sarkozy's most virulent rival from the same board.

Xavier Durringer's "The Conquest", if not revealing something revolutionary about politics' cruelty and nastiness, highlights the way the political arena was perverted by the fourth power. The media are accomplice of a system that valued presentation more than anything. where it's more about representation. The film is told in flashback, chronicling Sarkozy's rise to power from 2002 (Chirac's second election) to 2007 and is punctuated by brief shots of Sarkozy desperately trying to join his wife Cecilia. People don't elect ideas, measures, but men, representations, symbols and Sarkozy has so many flaws that he can't afford appearing as a man who's not loved by a woman, and only his control on some influential media prevent some embarrassing news from being rapidly spread.

Now, to those who asked, why such a film? And why in 2011, as if it would serve Sarkozy for the 2012 election campaign (if one thing, I'd think the opposite), I want to reply: "why not"?" Is it or is it not that the man was probably the least likely candidate to be even considered a president in 2002? The man who was infamous for having betrayed his all-time mentor Jacques Chirac in 1995 in favor of Edouard Balladur, the mayor of Neuilly, one of the richest quarters in the Parisian area. Chirac –who was not a political saint either- kept very hard feelings towards those who betrayed him, but nothing in the same intensity than for Sarkozy, and this shows quite well in the film. And Sarkozy not only cumulated many flaws, but there was something obviously opportunistic and untruthful in his behavior, and of course, his diminutive size didn't help.

"The Conquest" doesn't require such knowledge about Sarkozy's past of course, but it helps to set the tone of the film: here we deal with a politician who doesn't hide his ambition, who's the most resented of all and the perfect target for politicians' belittling comments, physically and morally. Yet his political brilliance and intelligence made him a necessary actor in the political field. Chirac must deal with him, and given this parameter, Sarkozy has to use all his power, all his intelligence to become the new President in 2007. Why a film about his ascension? Simply, because it works on a cinematic level, whether we like him or not, or know him or not, there's something appealing in the way this man does everything to accomplish his goal, while his opponents try to dwarf him or minimize his merits, they obviously failed but ironically, Sarkozy's victory doesn't feel as a complete one either.

I have my theory about it, Sarkozy is a man who enjoyed the idea of victory to prove himself he was capable to overcome all the adversity that poisoned his political career, even his life. But there's something missing at the end, he can't savor it with his wife, his pride is hurt. In a way, he still characterizes the "behind a great man" notion, because even in her absence, Cecilia was reminding him of his unfulfilled challenge. And ironically, it's the struggle to keep her, to win her heart back, that made the rest much easier. Despite all the attempts from Chirac, Villepin, the Opposition, Sarkozy swept them off with a political virtuosity, because the hardship was elsewhere. He embodies the idea of what "didn't kill you makes you stronger" where what made him stronger was not political.

But there's more in Sarkozy than a simple 'Napoleon Syndrome', (although some comedic parts highlight this), it's the chronicle of a man who acts for success, against the idea of losing, as he told Villepin, it's in his guts, he can't help it, and you can see that even his rival is convinced, that even Chirac admires him and he's reluctant to deal with him not because he hates him, but because the very idea of admiring him is more hateful to him. There's something light but generous in meanings in Xavier Durringer's film, it's very matter of fact film, it avoids many useless details and focuses on one central character and it's enough to entertain. Of course, it was victim of political interpretations in France, as if the film was a sort of publicity for Sarkozy's political campaign but now that the fever is off, I predict a cult-popularity to this little gem of biographical comedy drama. By the way, kudos to Denys Polyades in his perfect interpretation, and to Bernard LeCoq as his delightful impersonation of Jacques Chirac (although a bit over the top sometimes).

And besides the remarkable and very fun spot-that-politician cast, there's one element in "The Conquest" that –I'm sure- will not get unnoticed by some movie fans: the music. When I heard the score, I immediately thought of Fellini's films and their circus-like world. And "The Conquest" plunges us in the media's circus with the journalists as the ringmasters and Sarkozy embodying all the roles. Indeed, he's everything in the film, he carefully walks on the tightrope of his popularity polls, against Chirac and Villepin, he's a lion tamer in the right-wing party, he's the flamethrower who ignited the suburbs riots … of course, he can even become a clown but aren't all those politicians , after all?

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