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The Candidate (2007)

Le candidat (original title)
When the party's official candidate, suffering from cancer, is forced to resign, Michel Dedieu is named to replace him at the last minute. Michel is to be confronted very shortly with his ... See full summary »


Niels Arestrup


Niels Arestrup


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvan Attal ... Michel Dedieu - le nouveau candidat
Niels Arestrup ... Georges - le stratège du parti
Clotilde de Bayser Clotilde de Bayser ... Christine Challe
Maurice Bénichou ... Maxime - écrivain
Sophie Broustal ... Nicole - attachée de presse
Marie-Gaëlle Cals Marie-Gaëlle Cals ... La journaliste
Cyril Couton Cyril Couton ... Edouard - responsable des discours
Alain Doutey ... Le docteur Mascard
Catherine Epars Catherine Epars ... Madame Arani
Bruno Esposito Bruno Esposito ... Le garde du corps de Michel
Guillaume Gallienne ... Sam - un membre du comité de campagne
Laurent Grévill Laurent Grévill ... Philippe Challe
Thierry Hancisse ... Eric Carson - le candidat adverse
Isabelle Le Nouvel Isabelle Le Nouvel ... Nadia - responsable vidéo
Albert Mendy Albert Mendy ... N'Dogé - le garde du corps de Laura


When the party's official candidate, suffering from cancer, is forced to resign, Michel Dedieu is named to replace him at the last minute. Michel is to be confronted very shortly with his opponent at a TV debate and as he is little known, his campaign committee decides to coach him in a TV studio reproduced in his own home. Michel complies reluctantly. Worse he has a row with his wife, who disappears after having shaken off her bodyguard. The atmosphere is so tense that Dedieu suddenly feels unwell. He is stunned when the doctor he consults tells him he strongly doubts the former candidate really has cancer. Is the new candidate being manipulated then, notably by Georges, the crafty party strategist? Anyway, Michel Dedieu is not going to be anybody's fool ... Written by Guy Bellinger

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This film contains an extract from the cartoon "Le roi de la forêt des brumes" directed by Serge Elissalde and Jean-Jacques Prunès. See more »


"Good Eyes'
Written by Hugh Coltman and Spleen
Performed by by Hugh Coltman
Copyright 2006 by Spleen/Because Editions
Recorded at Studio Marton B.
Published by Because Editions
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not your usual political drama
7 November 2007 | by IliyanaSee all my reviews

The plot appears to be very simple. After the unexpected withdrawal of the initial candidate, Michel Dedieu is designated by his party to continue the presidential campaign. Dedieu, a reticent candidate, must face its adversary the popular Eric Carson during a televised debate. In order to improve Dedieu's image in front of the media, he gathers a group of advisers in a residence in province. There he has only a few days to prepare himself for the coming debate. But behind this simple plot lies a very complicated and intriguing subject. Indeed Niels Arestrup has chosen not a particularly easy subject for his first film as a director. But compared to some American movies on the subject, "The Candidate" succeeds in reflecting very well not only the French political mentality but the whole European as well. And the ups and downs of the central character, played brilliantly by the talented Yvan Attal, are revealed with such elegance that only an actor turned director could achieve. The film itself is not your usual political drama packed with fast paced dialogues and explosive scenes. It actually possesses the fine quality of a good theatrical performance which makes it an even more enjoyable viewing!

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Release Date:

11 April 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Candidat See more »

Filming Locations:

Bouville, Essonne, France See more »


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$3,400,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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