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The Conquest (2011)

La conquête (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography | 18 May 2011 (France)
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A look at French president Nicolas Sarkozy's rise to power.

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Xavier Durringer

Writers:

Patrick Rotman (screenplay), Xavier Durringer (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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

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The man behind the woman behind the man.

Genres:

Biography

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 May 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

De Nicolas a Sarkozy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,273, 13 November 2011

Gross USA:

$74,474

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,991,427
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

François Cluzet was originally slated to play Sarkozy, and Lambert Wilson to play Dominique de Villepin. But they both backed out and were replaced by Denis Podalydès and Samuel Labarthe. See more »

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Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #6.168 (2011) See more »

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pretty disappointing
29 October 2011 | by tomi_iomiSee all my reviews

I expected this movie to be fun, mostly because of the subject and i admit this kept me watching until the end. I didn't expect a comedy but I did expect a few laughs since Sarkozy does have a way of making you smile just by his appearance. Alas there is not one smile worthy scene in this movie.

Other similar movies describing known outcome political events know how to provide just the touch of reality but then provide a good acted story that can be clearly fictional but interesting. This film goes the other way. It's all about looks, it looks real, political figures look and sound familiar but it seems like the whole plot has been written from press cutouts from LeFigaro et Libération.

They do take a stab at romance and how political ambitions strain relationships but it is never developed or investigated, it stays in the same paper headline reality of the movie.

Frankly this movie greatest flaw is that it lacks intensity. It speculates on what motivated and the decisions that maybe helped Sarkozy win the 2007 elections but it does it in such a boring way that at the end you don't know who to pity more, yourself for the wasted time/money or the ones involved in making such a lame movie.

Sadly I would not recommend this movie to anyone for anything. The French glancing through newspapers headlines will already know more than what this movie has to offer. Anyone else who isn't french will probably expect a story but since it isn't there to begin with I'd save my money, maybe rent House of Cards and for the political insight that this movie offers on french politics just browse the Wikipedia pages on Chirac, Sarkozy and Villepin.


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