The Conquest

Rated NR 105 minutes 2011

Denis Podalydès is a lot of fun as French President Nicolas Sarkozy in this political comedy that owes plenty to the likes of Primary Colors. It’s surprising to see a not-altogether-flattering portrayal of a sitting president in a major country, and yet here it is, telling the story of how Sarkozy and his wife, Cécilia (Florence Pernel), were having severe marital problems during his campaigns. That’s actually a big part of the film, which feels a little trivial and mundane at times. Still, it’s cool to watch former President Jacques Chirac (Bernard Le Coq) spewing profanities about Sarkozy, aka “The Energizer Bunny.” It’s a fun peek into the French political system, even if it is mostly a soap opera.

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Director: Xavier Durringer

Producer: Eric Altmeyer and Nicolas Altmeyer

Cast: Denis Podalydès, Florence Pernel, Bernard Le Coq, Michèle Moretti, Samuel Labarthe, Hippolyte Girardot, Mathias Mlekuz, Grégory Fitoussi, Pierre Cassignard and Emmanuel Noblet

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