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L'exercice De L'etat (2011)

L'exercice De L'etat (2011)

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A career politician walks a tightrope between ethics and ambition in this drama from filmmaker Pierre Schoeller. Bertrand Saint-Jean (Oliver Gourmet) is the French Minister of Transportation, a man who entered his career in public service as an idealist intending to use his position to help others and serve the people with honor. Years later, Saint-Jean has come to view politics as a matter of image and gamesmanship, and while he strives to rise above the more corrupt aspects of his profession, he's a man who often looks to how an action will benefit himself rather than the people. As Saint-Jean deals with the day-to-day particulars of his job, he's facing a larger issue -- a campaign to privatize France's train stations is afoot, and while Saint-Jean is convinced it's a bad idea that would have a negative impact for nation's rail system, he also believes who is perceived as the "winner" is just as important as what's the right thing to do. As Saint-Jean wrestles with the privatization issue, he's also reminded that he's neglecting his family as he confers with his assistant (Michel Blanc) and his working-class chauffeur (Sylvain Deble). The Minister (aka L'Exercice de l'Etat) received its world premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Cast

Olivier Gourmet
as Bertrand Saint Jean
Arly Jover
as Séverine Saint jean
Didier Bezace
as Dominique Woessner
Sylvain Deble
as Martin Kuypers
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Dry as a cabernet sauvignon

March 25, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Film-Forward.com

Saint-Jean may be able to laugh off a woman's rage at the government's ineptitude and apparent cluelessness, but that's not so easy for the rest of us.

March 20, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

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