Comedy of Power (2006)



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Claude Chabrol's Comedy of Power stars Isabelle Huppert as a French judge who attempts to bring down the very powerful but corrupt CEO of a large corporation. As she digs deeper into the case, she uncovers criminal activity that stretches into the highest levels of government, and her life is turned upside down by death threats as well as her sudden celebrity. The film follows as her career affects her family. Loosely based on real events, Comedy of Power had its North American debut at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Isabelle Huppert
as Jeanne Charmant-Killman
François Berléand
as Michel Humeau
Patrick Bruel
as Jacques Sibaud
Robin Renucci
as Philippe
Jacques Boudet
as Descarts
Jean-Christophe Bouvet
as Mr. Parlebas, Esq.
Roger Dumas
as René Lange
John P. Arnold
as Man in Jaguar
Jacques Bouanich
as Prison Guard
Laurence Colussi
as Lift Attendant
Stéphane Debac
as Thirty-Year Cop 1
Yves Verhoeven
as The Court Clerk
Dominique Daguier
as Stranger No.2
Pierre Vernier
as Presiding Judge Martino
Raphael Neal
as Stranger No.1
Fernand Guiot
as Belgian
Cyril Guei
as African Diplomat
Aïcha Kossoko
as Jeanne's Nurse
Sophie Guiter
as Evelyne
John Arnold
as Jaguar Man No.1
Michel Scourneau
as Jaguar Man No.2
Anthony Paliotti
as Search Supervisor
Benoît Charpentier
as Economics Journalist
Emmanuel Noyant
as Policeman 1
Guy Perrot
as Dr. Philippe
Hubert Saint-Macary
as Prison Director
Pascale Mariani
as Cleaning Woman
Jacky Nercessian
as Maitre D'
Michelle Goddet
as Nicole Humeau
Eric Sendra
as Thirty-Year Cop 2
Jean-Marie Winling
as Man in Power
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Critic Reviews for Comedy of Power

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (16)

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.

Full Review… | December 13, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

It is long past time to recognize Claude Chabrol and Isabelle Huppert as one of the cinema's great actress-director collaborations.

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A witty, timely drama.

Full Review… | March 2, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

It's not often that you see the craft of cinema so perfectly executed -- or a group of fancy scoundrels so ruthlessly caught and skewered. Comedy of Power, like all of [Cluade] Chabrol's Hitchcockian films, is dark, smart and delicious.

March 1, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This movie can't commit to a genre, let alone a logical sequence or complete idea. But there is a wisdom in its blasé assessments and frivolous air: What's the point; where's the wine?

Full Review… | February 16, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

By the sheer strength of [Isabelle Huppert's] performance alone, Comedy of Power is Chabrol's best film since 1995's La Cérémonie.

Full Review… | February 2, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Comedy of Power


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 jay
alan jay

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It probably meant something to the French who knew the story backdrop. But to those outsiders, it is too flat & so uninteresting.


[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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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