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FFF: THE CONQUEST
November 20, 2011 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Director Xavier Durringer
Cast Denis Podalydès, Florence Pernel, Bernard Le Coq, Hippolyte Girardot, Samuel Labarthe, Mathias Mlekuz, Gregory Fitoussi, Piere Cassignard, Saida Jawad
I 2010 I 105mins I Int. Sales Gaumont
Writer-director Xavier Durringer’s chronicle of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s rise to power, caused a media scrum in France. This amusing political farce offers up for lampoonmany of France’s most famous contemporary political figures. Durringer and co-writer Patrick Rotman appear to relish depicting all the conniving, backstabbing, and fork-pointing which are part and parcel of any electoral battle. The talented Comèdie Française actor Denis Podalydès provides a pitch-perfect imitation – he nails everything from the duck-like shuffle to the erratic hand gestures to the gruff speech patterns. The film cuts back and forth between the hours on May 7, 2007,which show Sarkozy awaiting the results of an election he was sure to win, and the years leading up to that moment,which explain how he got there. As the sleazy former president, Bernard Le Coq delivers the film’s most laugh-out-loud moments.
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