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The French Minister (2013)

Quai d'Orsay (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 6 November 2013 (France)
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Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With ... See full summary »

Director:

Bertrand Tavernier

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Abel Lanzac (as Antonin Baudry), Christophe Blain | 3 more credits »
3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thierry Lhermitte ... Alexandre Taillard de Worms
Raphaël Personnaz ... Arthur Vlaminck
Niels Arestrup ... Claude Maupas
Bruno Raffaelli Bruno Raffaelli ... Stéphane Cahut
Julie Gayet ... Valérie Dumontheil
Anaïs Demoustier ... Marina
Thomas Chabrol ... Sylvain Marquet
Thierry Frémont ... Guillaume Van Effentem
Alix Poisson Alix Poisson ... Odile
Marie Bunel ... Martine
Jean-Marc Roulot Jean-Marc Roulot ... Bertrand Castela
Sonia Rolland ... Nathalie
Didier Bezace Didier Bezace ... Jean-Paul François
Jane Birkin ... Molly Hutchinson
Renaud Calvet Renaud Calvet ... Ambassadeur France à l'ONU
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Storyline

Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With his silver mane and tanned, athletic body, he stalks the world stage, from the floor of the United Nations in New York to the powder keg of Oubanga. There, he calls on the powerful and invokes the mighty to bring peace, to calm the trigger-happy, and to cement his aura of Nobel Peace Prize winner-in-waiting. Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is a force to be reckoned with, waging his own war backed up by the holy trinity of diplomatic concepts: legitimacy, lucidity and efficacy. He takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and money-grabbing Chinese. Perhaps the world doesn't deserve France's magnanimousness, but his art would be wasted if just restricted to home turf. Enter the young Arthur Vlaminck, graduate of the elite National School of Administration, who is hired as head of "language" at the ... Written by Sundance Selects

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Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 November 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The French Minister See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,800, 23 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,800, 23 March 2014
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The story is taken from a graphic novel about the speechwriter for French minister Dominique De Villepin. See more »

Quotes

Alexandre Taillard de Worms: We mustn't fear the flame. I shall enter the flame. I'll become the flame.
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Girl in Your Raindrop
Music by Bertrand Burgalat and lyrics by Elinor Blake aka April March
Performed by Joël Daydé and April March (vocals), Hervé Boutard (Drum), Stéphane Salvi (Guitar)
(P) & © 2013 Tricatel
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Brilliant !!!!
4 May 2014 | by abisioSee all my reviews

Satire as was defined in old Greek plays; was the art to just exaggerate reality and became a critic in itself. You do not need to mock it, or change. Reality is fine in itself.

Quai d' Orsay (or The French Minister ) is the tale of guy who has to make the French Foreign Affairs Minister's speech.

The interesting thing about the movie; is that it never loss focus on where it is going. The guy is just an accessory; the important thing is the absurdity of political events, of Ministers that are only actors and the people behind the scenes that really move everything. Acting are superb. Niels Arestrup gives an Oscar or Cesar deserving performance as the Chief of Staff; the guy that really moves the wires. Thierry Lhermitte as the egomaniac intellectual Minister is equally outstanding.

Let's hope this movie gets a proper release and find a public; because i t is perhaps the best French comedy of the year.


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