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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 »
User Reviews:
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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
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
Alexandre Pluquet .... title designer
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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Canada:14A (Ontario) | France:U | Netherlands:AL | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | USA:Not Rated
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5 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The premise, 10 November 2011
Author: sandover from Greece

The premise - not of the film itself, but let's say what surrounds it, its instance as it came to be - is interesting, namely, the depiction of a nation's President in his/her rise to power and while he/she still is in power; what titillates in such a premise is I think the promise that we truly live in democratic times and that means times that can pull off the apparition of such a film sincerely, exposing the machinations and the weaknesses of a leader, as some kind of demonstration in the making that turns spectacle into some kind of self-witnessing democracy in the making.

May I never write that sentence again.

What is so wrong with it? It suffers from plausibility of the politically correct kind, of a stupid, biased kind. Just take some steps back and reconsider the film you saw: would you really think having seen it that the film is a demonstration, or a proof that we live in democratic times?

Let's begin from the soundtrack that snaps right away: the references to Rota ground the film in Fellini territory, and so by cultural allusion we wonder if this wouldn't be more properly employed in Berlusconi's case - or is it that Berlusconi is in a way the future of - European at least - leadership, and so Sarkozy's vulgarity is a peripheral phenomenon to the standard shamelessness of Berlusconi as stand-in for the Rota/Fellini circus?

But even this doubly misfires, I am afraid; I think to have a film critical of a head of state while still in power - truly, politically critical - could be the name of utopia itself, and doubly so: that means on the one hand practically it would never purely be so for at least at some point it would have to invent and so enter the ideological imagination of the script-writer (when Mrs. Almost-Ex-Sarkozy gratuitously cried towards the end I wished I had never entered the mind of this particular script-writer), or, in order to remember early 20th century propaganda frames, such a film would be a redundancy.

Yet we live in biased more than propaganda times: do we need radio and press and media exposition - if we have followed the political climate and state in France during the time - turned into a semi-fictionalized account? Does this not mistake, and it is a major mistake, information for political stance, which is another name for politicizing melodrama? But maybe we are still in a frame of mind not far from the one Jean Baudrillard exposed back in the 90's when Cicciolina (remember?) was elected in the Italian Parliament: it was literally for laughs, as a face-off of politics into female impersonation.

For what we have in the film are impersonators, and not actors. Perhaps there is a charm to it, watch your favorite buffoons played by some impersonators with the occasional poignant truism in their mouths here and there. But I do not want my genuine buffoon Sarkozy played - sorry, impersonated by another buffoon and spoil my male-bonding fun: and this is the crux of the matter for me: instead of just plainly turning a misconception into maybe a bad film, more importantly it turns a misconception into bad democracy anchored into macho innuendo.

I admit it was a bit harder for me to digest, since the spice added to my watching experience was the remembrance of watching Podalydes as Jean-Paul Sartre some years back in a french miniseries: he was truly bad, of the same brand of badness as here, that is over-reacting the body language and confounding the demarcation between it and bodily tics, as if attacking the whole thing totally from outside, and offering us the ludicrous ruin of a theatrical alphabet; think of Louis de Funes instead as what a truly ingenious confusion of the above categories would mean each time he exploded bodily coordinates, unless one conceives Podalydes' over-reacting as the allegory of the unhappy Left: the invasion of the body snatchers into the liberal body that mistakes bodily tics for politics!

Do not think of these asides irrelevant to the film - that is its ideology: they make all the more palpable the lack of political and aesthetic, cinematic decisions: to put it bluntly, if this film has some kind of political novelty - and is not as I believe something re-appropriated if not shamelessly pushed around by the liberal consensus - then it has to be supplemented by a film surrounding the rise to life of the Bruni-Sarkozy child, since it is the first time a President becomes father while in office! That would give us the glimpse to the hotness of the first lady we have so shamelessly and programmatically been declined: imagine Podalydes in seizure as he takes a baby from Laetitia Casta's bosom.

May we never have to see such a film.

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