Comedy Of Power
- Original title
L'ivresse du pouvoir
- Running time
- 110 min.
Claude Chabrol, Odile Barski
Co-production France-Germany; France 2 Cinéma / Ajoz Films / Integral Film GmbH
- Synopsis / Plot
- Magistrate Jeanne Charmant has been assigned an extremely complex case involving the misappropriation of public monies. The charges are being brought against the chairperson of a powerful industrial firm. The more her inquiry progresses, the more the magistrate begins to realise the full extent of her power. The more secrets she brings to light, the more she is able to exert this pressure. At the same time – and for the same reasons– her private life hits a crisis. Before long, she finds herself faced with two important, unavoidable questions: how far can she exert her power before coming up against those who are more powerful? And how long can the average person have such power without becoming intoxicated by it? The story told in this film contains elements that may seem familiar. One only has to think of the scandal involving French petroleum giant Elf Aquitaine, in which certain board members were able to accrue vast fortunes, thanks to the support of politicians who covered up their activities.
: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
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