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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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Politics is a blood sport
2 September 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The car crash comes out of nowhere, on an abandoned road with no traffic either way: the crazy suddenness of it, the violence leading to a death, it's a tremendous piece of film-making. Editing, camera work and sound all come together impressively.

The film is a bit loose in the narration, there are perhaps too many small roles that don't have much to do with the central characters, but all in all this is a picture that is worth seeing. Olivier Gourmet, whom I have enjoyed in many films over the years, here shows some impressive acting skills. This politician is in trouble: he's got to close some train stations and the union is on his back--in France the unions are much more powerful than in North America. His desire not to make waves runs up against political realities; he's running out of time. Philippe Scholler also wrote the music for the film; it's very evocative.


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