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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:

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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:

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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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This is the 7th and last film in which Claude Chabrol worked with Isabelle Huppert, one of his favorite actresses. See more »

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Peer Gynt
Composed by Edvard Grieg (1875)
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Chabrol back on form and back in Paris
28 August 2006 | by Ralph TheijsSee all my reviews

You don't HAVE to know the ELF-scandal to appreciate this, but it helps. Not long ago I asked my french prof at the Alliance Francaise to explain these funny french scandals (ELF through Clearstream 2) and he had to abstain: too complicated, even for a native Frenchman.

The company is called FMG in the film: just as Kubrick went down a letter in the alphabet to go from IBM to HAL, Chabrol goes up a letter in the alphabet to go from ELF to FMG. Nice touch! On the other hand, the cigar in the cognac was a tad overdone, to my tastes.

Huppert confirms once again she is in a class all of her own. Rest of the cast, Berléand, Canto, Vernier, Duclos (!); all solid.

For the very hardest core of french movie buffs only: did anyone else recognize the two guards – one bald, the other dark-haired – as Chabrol's homage to Zardi et Attal who did numerous duo's like this for him and other directors? Best Chabrol in years, but my judgment may be a bit colored: after 30 Chabrols, this was the first I saw in a theater instead of on my couch.


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