A look at French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power.


Xavier Durringer


Patrick Rotman (screenplay), Xavier Durringer (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denis Podalydès ... Nicolas Sarkozy
Florence Pernel ... Cécilia Sarkozy
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq ... Jacques Chirac
Michèle Moretti Michèle Moretti ... Bernadette Chirac
Samuel Labarthe ... Dominique de Villepin
Emmanuel Noblet Emmanuel Noblet ... Bruno Le Maire
Hippolyte Girardot ... Claude Guéant
Mathias Mlekuz Mathias Mlekuz ... Franck Louvrier
Grégory Fitoussi ... Laurent Solly
Pierre Cassignard Pierre Cassignard ... Frédéric Lefèbvre
Dominique Besnehard ... Pierre Charon
Michel Bompoil Michel Bompoil ... Henri Guaino
Saïda Jawad Saïda Jawad ... Rachida Dati
Gérard Chaillou Gérard Chaillou ... Jean-Louis Debré
Nicolas Moreau Nicolas Moreau ... Pierre Giacometti


May 6, 2007. France's run-up to the presidential elections. As the French people are getting ready to go to the polls to elect their new president, Nicolas Sarkozy has shut himself away in his home. Even though he knows he has won the battle, he is gloomy and looks despondent in his dressing gown. All day long, he has been trying to get in touch with Cecilia - to no avail. The last five years unfurl, recounting Sarkozy's unstoppable ascent, riddled with backstage underhand trickery, fits of anger and confrontations. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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The man behind the woman behind the man.


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Bernard Le Coq and Michel Bompoil both reprised their roles as Jacques Chirac and Henri Guaino a couple of years later in The Last Campaign (2013), a television film centered on the 2012 French Presidential Election, but through a fictional narrative. See more »


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Specific in looks or in contents?
10 August 2011 | by jéwéSee all my reviews

A president's rise to power. But I don't think it is very typical for Sarkozy. These are the motions for all political flyer's. (Obama is probably the same kind of bitch when the lights and cameras are off) Therefore it is very easy to ridicule especially Sarkozy. And besides bringing us actors who look like and act like factual persons we never know whether the dialogs is truthful or whether all actions really took place. That makes this film an easy way out for all parties: makers and viewers. But it also provides us with a film that is no drama. It is all puppet play. Having said that, the acting is good and the film is funny at times. With some nice camera-work, especially during the big election events.

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Release Date:

18 May 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

De Nicolas a Sarkozy See more »


Box Office


EUR5,567,927 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,273, 13 November 2011

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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