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Comedy of Power (2006)

L'ivresse du pouvoir (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 22 February 2006 (France)
A magistrate investigates a corporate executive.

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Claude Chabrol (scenario), Odile Barski (scenario) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Jeanne Charmant-Killman
François Berléand ... Michel Humeau
Patrick Bruel ... Jacques Sibaud
Marilyne Canto Marilyne Canto ... Erika
Robin Renucci ... Philippe Charmant-Killman
Thomas Chabrol ... Félix
Jean-François Balmer ... Boldi
Pierre Vernier Pierre Vernier ... Président Martino
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... Descarts
Philippe Duclos ... Jean-Baptiste Holéo
Roger Dumas ... René Lange
John Arnold John Arnold ... Homme jaguar #1
Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... Me Parlebas
Jacques Bouanich Jacques Bouanich ... Le gardien de la prison
Benoît Charpentier Benoît Charpentier ... Journaliste économique
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Storyline

A character study. Jeanne Charmant-Killman is an investigative magistrate, tough minded, swift moving, taking on a group of political fixers who pay bribes and skim large sums for personal use. She breaks them one at a time. Meanwhile, her work takes its toll: relations with her husband are strained, and the group under investigation strikes back by tampering with the brakes of her car and placing a mole in her office. Can she stand up to the pressure, and what's her reward? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Pan-Européenne [France]

Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 February 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Comedy of Power See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,078,848 (France), 24 February 2006

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,061, 5 January 2007

Gross USA:

$78,917, 23 March 2007
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scenario is based on a true story, the "Affaire Elf" political and financial scandal in France. See more »

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Peer Gynt
Composed by Edvard Grieg (1875)
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Based on "Elf affair"
1 March 2006 | by jfseignolSee all my reviews

This new movie by Claude Chabrol is directly inspired by a true story. The "Affaire Elf", named by the french oil-company, was a large financial and political scandal where several top-level french politicians where involved, such as Roland Dumas (ex foreign-affairs minister) or Charles Pasqua (ex minister of interior). As in the true story, a judge is investigating about some corruption in business between a french major company and some African states. Most of the characters in the movie are very similar to real persons involved in the "Affaire Elf".

The movie focuses on two subjects: the first one is how the judge (Isabelle Huppert) becomes more and more addicted to the power she uses by sending powerful businessmen to jail; the second one is the wide-scale cynicalness of people involved in the scandal, used to play with public money and take advantage of this without seeing anything immoral.

A good movie, very funny because, as stated at the beginning "any similarity with real person or event would be, as it is said, fortuitousness".


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