This re-telling of the fable adds a second level of reality to the story which sometimes works wonders but results in a strange finale.
All that being said - I really like it. I found myself enjoying every minute of it and suggest you check it out. This was my first Catherine Breillat film and I'm persuaded to check out more of her works as a result.
There was so much squandered opportunity in 'The Ides Of March', perhaps more than in any film I saw from 2011. It starts off as a compelling political thriller and then slowly devolves into tired cliches and complacency.