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Capital (2012)

Le capital (original title)
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The newly appointed CEO of a giant European investment bank works to hold on to his power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy out his company.

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Costa-Gavras

Writers:

Karim Boukercha (screenplay), Costa-Gavras (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gad Elmaleh ... Marc Tourneuil
Gabriel Byrne ... Dittmar Rigule
Natacha Régnier ... Diane Tourneuil
Céline Sallette ... Maud Baron
Liya Kebede ... Nassim
Hippolyte Girardot ... Raphaël Sieg
Daniel Mesguich ... Jack Marmande
Olga Grumberg Olga Grumberg ... Claude Marmande
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq ... Antoine de Suze
Philippe Duclos ... Jean Rameur
Yann Sundberg Yann Sundberg ... Boris Breton
Éric Naggar Éric Naggar ... Théo Craillon
John Warnaby John Warnaby ... Stanley Greenball
Jean-Marie Frin Jean-Marie Frin ... L'oncle Bruno
Bonnafet Tarbouriech ... Maître Tombière
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Storyline

When the CEO of France's Phenix Bank collapses on the golf course, Machiavellian young executive Marc Tourneuil is crowned as his replacement. A whirlwind of ruthless ambition, power struggles, greed and deception ensues as Tourneuil's brutal ascent is jeopardized by a hostile takeover attempt from a large American hedge fund led by Dittmar Rigule, erotic distractions from international supermodel Nassim, and adversaries with an agenda for destruction. Written by Cohen Media Group

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Drama

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Rated R for sexual content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Goofs

In a dinner scene towards 67 minutes into the film, the liquid level in a bottle in front of Marc Tourneuil keep on changing between shots. See more »

Quotes

Marc Tourneuil: Democratizing luxury goods seems salutary to me... _I didn't know it was such fun to spout crap._... for happiness.
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Dangerous Game
Tous titres écrits et composées par Alban Sautour
Editions musicales KG Productions
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Insightful, if not too original, commentary on today's state of affairs.
31 May 2015 | by vonWeisstadtSee all my reviews

Basically good, sympathetic, or at least, interesting characters, you can relate to and care for, encounter obstacles, have to struggle for a while, but ultimately find their way through an unfriendly or simply indifferent world. We all love this type of films. "Capital" is emphatically not one of those, but is nevertheless worthy of attention.

There is at least one character, however, who has not lost her moral compass, and still has some, albeit minuscule weight in the film: the wife of the main protagonist, a former economics professor, and now an ambitious CEO of a leading French bank. Her pull on her husband, however, is only marginally stronger than the one that his extended family, of apparently modest means, has on him. He has feelings for her, as well as for his parents, but those simply cannot compare in intensity to the thrill of money. He is a man who understands "the way the world functions", as he is not shy to explain when questioned. It is a game, in which, typically, rich get richer and poor get poorer, but the reverse is not impossible, as we are told, only improbable. He is cool, calculated, unemotional player, consciously going for high stakes. Just like the others, towards him often inimical characters, who he does not blame for their repugnant behaviour, although certainly would not mind occasionally smashing their heads onto hard surfaces nearby. Of course, we understand that he could not have possible been any different and still belong to the top executive branches of the financial world.

Costa Gavras made his name in the genre of international political thriller, picking his subjects to be the most promising themes for such a film at a given time. It is already telling that he chose the world of high finance, and not of politics, as the most relevant field today. Indeed, the main character is addressed always as "the president", and he is treated as such by everybody he meets. He clearly lives in an entirely different world from the majority of even western, relatively well-off humanity, and his decisions, although made explicitly and exclusively for the benefit of the few, indeed affect, thousands of ordinary mortals. The bank that he directs, and pretty much all the interiors he ever dwells in do not fall far behind many European royal palaces. His world is the world of excess, but in his book it should be unapologetically so.

There is a hint in the film of a possible difference between the old European, and the new aggressive, American business attitudes, that may exist only on the surface. American bankers that we meet maybe cannot pronounce Modigliani's name correctly, but they understand perfectly that their French counterparts are just as greedy, and motivated by the same basic predatory impulses, as they are. As the main character says on one occasion, almost defending his adversaries across the Atlantic: "They are just businessman, like us". The difference seems to be only that the French operate from the high-ceiling, well decorated, old world Parisian buildings, whereas their American partners for their machinations prefer flashy yachts and skyscrapers.

The film certainly lacks the depth and the emotion of the very best Gavras' works, such as "Z" or the "Missing", but it functions well at the level of well written, competently shot, and expertly directed financial drama. It is an insightful, if not too original, commentary on today's state of affairs which to many will ring painfully true. There are also some fairly obvious flaws: the parallel thread with the "super model" that the main hero relentlessly pursues is rather stereotypical, and her attitude towards him appears far-fetched. It would have served the story's development better if the relationship with the multi-dimensional French female employee from London's office was introduced earlier and then further developed. This could have added some intellectual and emotional depth to the main character, beyond what was this way left only sketched. These comments notwithstanding, the film presents an entertaining and informative look at the dynamics of the modern world's new nobility.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

14 November 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,400, 27 October 2013

Gross USA:

$101,700

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,822,849
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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