Comedy of Power 2006

Comedy of Power

Critics Consensus

Light on laughs -- and character detail -- Comedy of Power is nonetheless a timely thriller that unites Claude Chabrol and Isabelle Huppert to diverting effect.

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Movie Info

In this comedy-drama from Claude Chabrol, Magistrate Jeanne Charmant-Killman (Isabelle Huppert) doggedly investigates CEO Michel Humeau (François Berléand), who is accused of participating in massive corporate malfeasance. As her investigation leads her into the upper echelons of government, Jeanne becomes intoxicated by the power she is amassing. Though she faces threats by those whom she would see brought low and by the dissolution of her personal life and marriage, she will not relent.

Cast & Crew

Isabelle Huppert
Jeanne Charmant-Killman
François Berléand
Michel Humeau
Patrick Bruel
Jacques Sibaud
Robin Renucci
Philippe Charmant-Killman
Jean-François Balmer
Boldi
Pierre Vernier
Président Martino
Philippe Duclos
Jean-Baptiste Holéo
Françoise Galfré
Executive Producer
Alfred Hürmer
Co-Producer
Eduardo Serra
Cinematographer
Matthieu Chabrol
Original Music
Françoise Benoît-Fresco
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Critic Reviews for Comedy of Power

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (8)

  • Superbly incarnated by Isabelle Huppert, she's almost nunlike in her quiet heroism.

    September 29, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Very little happens, and it has the look of a TV movie; yet the pace never seems to let up, the screen never seems empty, and its grip on your attention doesn't falter.

    December 14, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The script is dapper and the story slick. But it is Huppert who gives it heft, style and star power.

    December 14, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Chabrol is intriguing and relevant, but the power and the comedy are dissipated.

    December 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A Comedy Of Power fails to dig deep into this idea, or into the life of its protagonist. It's largely left to the charismatic Huppert to make this sly but oddly slight drama a decent watch.

    December 13, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • No laughs - but still plenty to like in this diverting and insightful thriller that plays out in the higher echelons of the French judiciary and Parisian world of high business.

    December 13, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Comedy of Power

  • Jan 12, 2010
    slow moving french film about the machinery of capitalism and one woman's determination to put a dent in the inherent corruption that lies within. Terrific acting by Huppert and Berland, but otherwise one soon realizes the futility of her struggle and the movie seems to slow down rather quickly, almost to a halt toward the end. Its an ok watch for the acting though.
    alan j Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2009
    Started off good but then became boring
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2009
    isabelle huppert, in a good role, as a women cracking down on coruption, very talkie, and french, but a good watch
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2007
    [font=Century Gothic]In "The Comedy of Power", Jeanne Charmant-Kilman(Isabelle Huppert), a judge investigating corruption, orchestrates the arrest of Humeau(Francois Berleand), a high-ranking official, and hopes to sweat the names of his cohorts out of him. But they are not that concerned, thinking that attention will be focused solely on him. On the home front, her husband, Philippe(Robin Renucci), a doctor, is less than supportive of her, while his nephew, Felix(Thomas Chabrol), shows up, looking for a place to crash.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Comedy of Power" is directed by Claude Chabrol in his usual matter-of-fact style. Ostensibly a legal procedural, the movie pays less attention to the facts of the case than to the characters involved. Through Isabelle Huppert's relaxed performance, it becomes clear that her character is doing something that she enjoys and is glad that she can make a difference by attacking corruption and breaking down the old boy network. By contrast, her husband has almost the opposite feelings about his job.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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