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CONQUEST, THE

CONQUEST, THE

CONQUEST, THE 9

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

Denis Podalydès delivers a witty yet commanding portrayal of Nicolas Sarkozy and his rise to the French presidency through the lens of his unraveling marriage to then-wife Cecilia (Florence Pernel). Never one to disguise his ambition, the film s Sarkozy curries favor with predecessor Jacques Chirac (Bernard Le Coq) and spars gamely with glib rival Dominique de Villepin (Samuel Labarthe). This lampoon depicts the future president of France as a bold and unashamed virtuoso of political combat, whose inattention to his disintegrating domestic partnership emerges as his chief vulnerability. With leads brilliantly etching sharp characterizations of living politicians, director Xavier Durringer need never veer too far from reality, even while deploying fictional embellishments and a larger-than-life sense of humor that with Nicola Piovani s buoyant score giddily evoke a circus-like atmosphere.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Nicolas Sarkozy, an ambitious man, was tapped by Jacques Chirac to be his Interior minister. At the time, M. Chirac had no intention of running again. He nurtured Nicolas, whom he found to be an astute politician with charisma and chutzpah, enough to capture the voting public’s imagination. Sarkozy had a formidable opponent in Dominic Villepin, who had ambitions of his own. The story deals with the intrigues and obstacles surrounding these professional politicians.

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Sarkozy is a man who enjoyed the idea of victory to prove himself he was capable to overcome all the adversity that poisoned his political career, even his life. But there’s something missing at the end, he can’t savor it with his wife, his pride is hurt. In a way, he still characterizes the “behind a great man” notion, because even in her absence, Cecilia was reminding him of his unfulfilled challenge. And ironically, it’s the struggle to keep her, to win her heart back, that made the rest much easier. Despite all the attempts from Chirac, Villepin, the Opposition, Sarkozy swept them off with a political virtuosity, because the hardship was elsewhere.

The DVD comes with a featurette and trailer as the special features. The A/V Quality is supportive for what’s there. Still, it’s not a loud or flashy movie. It gets the job done for what a political drama needs. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 04/10/2012

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