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The Minister (2011)

L'exercice de l'État (original title)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Pierre Schoeller
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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 ... 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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(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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Le Baiser
Written by Alain Souchon
Performed by Alain Souchon
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Unusual political drama
17 November 2018 | by hugues-talbotSee all my reviews

The storyline of this film is really inconsequential, what is important here is the strange inner trip into the high sphere of political power in France. We've all heard that power corrupts. In this films, it does not so much corrupts as corrodes. The compromissions, the betrayals small and large, the disasters. In the middle of the movie there is a very important scene that takes everyone by surprise. The scene is violent, very real, astonishing, yet full of symbols. I loved the civil servant played by Michel Blanc. I think this is the role of his life.

I don't want to say more because I do not want to spoil the film. In my opinion this is a very unusual masterpiece. Special mention for the sound editing.


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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 October 2011 (France) See more »

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$3,710,016
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2.35 : 1
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