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Number One (2017)

Numéro une (original title)
A high executive is asked if she'd like to be the first female CEO in a water company, ruled by the government. But she'll not be the only one running for the job. She'll face some hard and dirty competition.


Tonie Marshall


Raphaëlle Bacqué (collaboration), Tonie Marshall | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emmanuelle Devos ... Emmanuelle Blachey
Suzanne Clément ... Véra Jacob
Richard Berry ... Jean Beaumel
Sami Frey ... Henri Blachey
Benjamin Biolay ... Marc Ronsin
Francine Bergé Francine Bergé ... Adrienne Postel-Devaux
Anne Azoulay Anne Azoulay ... Claire Dormoy
Bernard Verley ... Jean Archambault
John Lynch ... Gary Adams
Olivier Claverie Olivier Claverie ... Secrétaire général Elysée
Jérôme Deschamps Jérôme Deschamps ... Le PDG de Theorès
Avy Marciano Avy Marciano ... Yves Lafferière
Patrick Ligardes Patrick Ligardes ... Le n°2 de Theorès
Guillaume Pottier Guillaume Pottier ... Denis
Lucie Borleteau Lucie Borleteau ... Laure Marty


Through hard work, Emmanuelle Blachey, a brilliant and voluntary engineer, has earned top position at the executive committee of Trident, the French leading energy company. Married for 20 years to a caring man, mother of 2 children, Emmanuelle's success seems almost perfect. One day, a powerful and influential women network offers to help her become president of a CAC 40 company. But to be at the top, you must risk it all. In a men's world, obstacles pile up in Emmanuelle's professional and personal life. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Corporate Knife-Fight
18 April 2018 | by reidandgeneneSee all my reviews

The excellent Emmanuelle Devos here plays a top executive in a major energy / construction firm, who is recruited to become a candidate for the top job in the national water company, one of France's prestigious Top 40 companies. The campaign is very nasty, with plenty of corporate backstabbing, intrigue, and dirty deals.

Since she would be the first woman CEO of such a company in France, she automatically inherits the enthusiastic support of a major feminist group, which has connections and some pull. The film interestingly hints that Devos' character is far more interested in what she can do in the job than in gender politics, but she plays the cards she is dealt.

The film does a very good job of demonstrating why Devos' character is very good at her current job. She works very hard, knows the technical stuff, and can party with her Chinese clients in Mandarin, even singing sentimental Chinese songs with them.

The story of the campaign for the new job is unfortunately a bit murky at times, but the main maneuvers are clear enough. And the main bad guys, her rival -- slick and charming and lizard-like -- and his sleazy sidekick, are very well portrayed slimeballs, not the usual one dimensional caricatures.

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Release Date:

11 October 2017 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK


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EUR6,302,900 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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