Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With ...
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Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With his silver mane and tanned, athletic body, he stalks the world stage, from the floor of the United Nations in New York to the powder keg of Oubanga. There, he calls on the powerful and invokes the mighty to bring peace, to calm the trigger-happy, and to cement his aura of Nobel Peace Prize winner-in-waiting. Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is a force to be reckoned with, waging his own war backed up by the holy trinity of diplomatic concepts: legitimacy, lucidity and efficacy. He takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and money-grabbing Chinese. Perhaps the world doesn't deserve France's magnanimousness, but his art would be wasted if just restricted to home turf. Enter the young Arthur Vlaminck, graduate of the elite National School of Administration, who is hired as head of "language" at the ... Written by
At the very end of the end credits, the following sentence appears: "Aucune porte du Quai d'Orsay n'a été blessée ni maltraitée lors du tournage." which could be translated: "No doors of the Quai d'Orsay were harmed or mistreated in the making of this film." See more »
Quai D'Orsay : A 'Bertrand Tavernier' film which was inspired by a best selling comic book.
In French culture, 'Quai D'Orsay" refers to French ministry of foreign affairs. It is also the name of a best selling comic book which has been adapted into a major film by veteran director Bertrand Tavernier. This is his first attempt at making a comedy film. He has not disappointed his loyal fans as "The French Minister" is able to make people laugh even when the film's theme appears to be serious. As a film 'The French minister' is largely autobiographical in nature as it is based on writer Antonin Baudry's experiences as a young trainee. In the past, he worked as a speech writer for former foreign minister of France Dominique De Villepin. Tavernier focuses on the mad world of politicians who use too much of academic rigor in order to deal with questions which need a pragmatic, practical approach. He shows that things are so bad at French foreign minister 'Alexandre Teilhard De Worms' office that one can quickly understand that a statement dictated in the morning would end up getting changed in the evening. The film mocks France's attempts to get involved in all major conflicts which happen in the world. It reveals that French government doesn't have proper strategies in place in order to deal with all the world's troubles. The laughter is assured as Tavernier doesn't hesitate a bit in showing the idiotic personalities of people working for French ministry of foreign affairs. Lastly, "The French Minister" displays its concern for genuineness by shooting its security council scenes at the actual UNO site.
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