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L'exercice de l'État (2011)

Transport Minister Bertrand Saint-Jean is awoken in the middle of the night by his head of staff. A bus has gone off the road into a gully. He has no choice but to go to the scene of the ... See full summary »

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Pierre Schoeller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivier Gourmet ... Bertrand Saint-Jean
Michel Blanc ... Gilles
Zabou Breitman ... Pauline
Laurent Stocker ... Yan (as Laurent Stocker de la Comédie Française)
Sylvain Deblé Sylvain Deblé ... Martin Kuypers
Didier Bezace Didier Bezace ... Dominique Woessner
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... Le sénateur Juillet
François Chattot François Chattot ... Le ministre de la Santé, Falconetti
Gaëtan Vassart Gaëtan Vassart ... Loïk
Arly Jover ... Séverine Saint jean
Éric Naggar Éric Naggar ... Le Premier ministre
Anne Azoulay Anne Azoulay ... Josepha
Abdelhafid Metalsi Abdelhafid Metalsi ... Louis do
Christian Vautrin Christian Vautrin ... Nemrod
François Vincentelli François Vincentelli ... Le ministre du Budget, Peralta
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Transport Minister Bertrand Saint-Jean is awoken in the middle of the night by his head of staff. A bus has gone off the road into a gully. He has no choice but to go to the scene of the accident. Thus begins the odyssey of a politician in a world that is increasingly more complex and hostile. Speed, power struggles, chaos, economic crisis... Everything follows in quick succession and clashes. Emergencies follow on each other's heels. What sacrifices are men prepared to make? Just how long will they hold up in a state that devours those that work for it? Written by Polly_Kat

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France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 October 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Minister See more »

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2.35 : 1
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(at around 39 mins) In the first shot, the carafe of orange juice is half empty, however on the next closer shot it is almost full. See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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Tremendous Work
6 February 2015 | by film_ophileSee all my reviews

I saw this last year as part of a French Film Fest in Boston; it floored me then, and when I saw it again this year, it floored me again. Thankfully 2 other reviewers on its IMDb page-Philippe Guenot and hatugai - say it as well or better than I ever could.

I'm sure I missed a lot of messages that politically aware French people would not miss, but , in spite of that, there was still an abundance of rich material to absorb . That Olivier Gourmet is really something. I had admired his work in The Son and The Promise , but The Minister will be calling card for Gourmet in the same way Raging Bull was a calling card for DeNiro.I want to see other films by Gourmet and this screenwriter/director.


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