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The Minister (2011)
"L'exercice de l'État" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  26 October 2011 (France)
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Transport Minister Bertrand Saint-Jean is awoken in the middle of the night by his head of staff. A bus has gone off the road into a gully. He has no choice but to go to the scene of the ... See full summary »

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Michel Blanc ...
Zabou Breitman ...
Pauline
Laurent Stocker ...
Yan (as Laurent Stocker de la Comédie Française)
Sylvain Deblé ...
Didier Bezace ...
Dominique Woessner
Jacques Boudet ...
Le sénateur Juillet
François Chattot ...
Le ministre de la Santé, Falconetti
Gaëtan Vassart ...
Loïk
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Séverine Saint jean
Eric Naggar ...
Le Premier ministre
Anne Azoulay ...
Josepha
Abdelhafid Metalsi ...
Louis do
Christian Vautrin ...
Nemrod
François Vincentelli ...
Le ministre du Budget, Peralta
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Transport Minister Bertrand Saint-Jean is awoken in the middle of the night by his head of staff. A bus has gone off the road into a gully. He has no choice but to go to the scene of the accident. Thus begins the odyssey of a politician in a world that is increasingly more complex and hostile. Speed, power struggles, chaos, economic crisis... Everything follows in quick succession and clashes. Emergencies follow on each other's heels. What sacrifices are men prepared to make? Just how long will they hold up in a state that devours those that work for it? Written by Polly_Kat

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A species on the verge of extinction
10 November 2012 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

L'execice de L'etat is like a species on the verge of extinction. You don't know much about its existence until you realize it is one of kind. You try to remember if you have ever seen something similar, but very little comes close. And because you feel this species may vanish away sometime soon, you grow fond of it. Like pandas, it is a creature you care about, and it would be too bad if they simply disappear. But make no mistake - this movie is no panda, an alligator would be more appropriate, and that's exactly what you see when the movie starts. You wonder why, but this film does not offer easy answers. You must go on and find them yourself, and this is what most delighted me. Watching this film made me feel like an outside, after all, it's about politics. But the more in doubt, the more excited I was. And it made more and more sense when I started thinking about the recent carnage for power in the American presidential campaign, the economic and political warzone in the European Union. This film is a rare opportunity to peep in behind the doors of political exercise nowadays. However, it is more than a lesson. Olivier Gourmet is formidable and you know he achieved something big. Politicians don't enjoy any popularity nowadays, but his minister is still fascinating even after causing a casualty that is cruelly exposed to our eyes. And despite his survival-of-the-fittest manner, you may approval some of his principles in the end. L'execise de L'etat is indeed a rare film. It did not make me laugh, it did not make me cry, it just made me think, which is a great achievement in movies nowadays, unfortunately.


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