The French Minister

The French Minister

The French Minister

Master and vetern filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (The Princess of Montpensier) directs this gleeful political satire about a dashing, globetrotting French foreign minister whose charm and insouciance mask his utter incompetence. Six-times nominated at the Lumiere Awards (French Academy Awards) 2014.

"The antics of the political class have provided much fodder over the years for artists and writers with a satiric bent... One of the great names of French cinema, Tavernier, has now joined this illustrious chorus with his withering take on contemporary French politics as played out in the Élysée Palace and the Quai d'Orsay, home of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Little escapes Tavernier's blistering assault - based on the award-winning graphic novel by Abel Lanzac, a former government speechwriter - which revels in all the comedic possibilities yet remains grounded in the prejudices of the moment. Even if a number of "crises" are pure fantasy the knocks on France's allies will resonate with everyone: the Americans, Germans, and British are all chauvinistically (and purely for fun) dismissed by their Gallic counterparts." (Toronto Film Festival)

2013Rating: M, Offensive language113 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
ComedyWorld Cinema
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Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

If foreign policy is left in the hands of people like Alexandre Taillard de Worms (Thierry Lhermitte), the Minister of this film’s title, it’s no surprise the world’s going to hell in a handbasket. Egotistical and inconsistent, de Worms is a handful for the public servants working beneath him (in shades of how many ministerial staff must feel here at the moment).

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

A sparkling and savvy comedy of political manners.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Dry, sly comedy...

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

[Lhermitte's] energetic performance is by far the best reason to see the film, which should probably have been directed by somebody else; Tavernier has little flair for comedy.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A madcap political satire... much closer in spirit to something like the hit British TV series Yes, Minister.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A snappy, sharp-witted, graphic novel-inspired satire on the doings at the French Foreign Ministry.

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

flicks

If foreign policy is left in the hands of people like Alexandre Taillard de Worms (Thierry Lhermitte), the Minister of this film’s title, it’s no surprise the world’s going to hell in a handbasket. Egotistical and inconsistent, de Worms is a handful for the public servants working beneath him (in shades of how many ministerial staff must feel here at the moment).

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

A sparkling and savvy comedy of political manners.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Dry, sly comedy...

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

[Lhermitte's] energetic performance is by far the best reason to see the film, which should probably have been directed by somebody else; Tavernier has little flair for comedy.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A madcap political satire... much closer in spirit to something like the hit British TV series Yes, Minister.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A snappy, sharp-witted, graphic novel-inspired satire on the doings at the French Foreign Ministry.

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