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The French Minister (2014)

The French Minister (2014)

The French Minister

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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 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 foreign ministry. In other words, he is to write the minister's speeches. But he also has to learn to deal with the sensibilities of the boss and his entourage, and find his way between the private secretary and the special advisors who stalk the corridors of the Quai d'Orsay - the ministry's home - where stress, ambition and dirty dealing are the daily currency. But just as he thinks he can influence the fate of the world, everything seems threatened by the inertia of the technocrats. (C) IFC Filmsmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Antonin Baudry, Christophe Blain, Bertrand Tavernier, Abel Lanzac
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 28, 2014
Box Office: $3.8k
Runtime:
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Cast

Thierry Lhermitte
as Alexandre Taillard d...
RaphaŽl Personnaz
as Arthur Vlaminck
Niels Arestrup
as Claude Maupas
Bruno Raffaelli
as Stephane Cahut
Julie Gayet
as Valerie Dumontheil
Thomas Chabrol
as Sylvain Marquet
Thierry Fremont
as Guillaume van Effent...
Marie Bunel
as Martine
Didier Bezace
as Jean-Paul Francois
Jean-Marc Roulot
as Bertrand Castela
Sonia Rolland
as Nathalie
Jane Birkin
as Molly Hutchinson
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Critic Reviews for The French Minister

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

There are enough moments of inspired lunacy to make this worthwhile.

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The films of Bertrand Tavernier have often been fringed with humor, of a rueful kind; now, in his seventies, and in a rousing rebuke to tranquillity, he has turned to farce.

Full Review… | March 31, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Mr. Tavernier's filmmaking here is loose, almost casual, and you may not always notice what he's doing with the camera as he frames the ministry's choreographed chaos with its whirling people and parts.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

In the first comedy of a 40-year career that includes A Sunday in the Country and The Princess of Montpensier, director and co-writer Bertrand Tavernier tries to do too much.

Full Review… | March 20, 2014
NPR
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It's pleasant, and at times very funny, but the meandering episodes mean that despite the long running time, the satire never builds to a payoff.

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
New York Post
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Mannered and often very funny, it's kind of like what an Iannucci production would be if all his characters suffered from the behavioral effects of toxoplasmosis - really, really French, in other words.

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for The French Minister

Saw the world premiere at TIFF this year and nearly died laughing. A must for In the Loop and Yes Minister fans. Full review coming soon.

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