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The Conquest is that rare specimen produced while its political subject is still in power. 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 wife Cecilia (Florence Pernel). This vivid film depicts the future president of France as a bold and unashamed virtuoso of political combat. Brilliantly etching sharp characterizations of living politicians, The Conquest never veers too far from reality, even while deploying a larger-than-life sense of humor and a buoyant, Fellini-esque score that giddily evokes a circus-like atmosphere of modern politics.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 31
- Fresh: 23
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Only intermittently rises above the tone of an arch, sniping drawing-room comedy peopled with mild caricatures.
Fresh: Pic takes genre helmer Xavier Durringer back to his theater roots, with most of the narrative mayhem and laughs coming from pic's sharp dialogue and strong work by seasoned thesps, who just manage to avoid caricature.
Fresh: A smart, involving and strikingly adult drama about Sarkozy's rise to power...
Fresh: Aided by an excellent ensemble cast, director Xavier Durringer and his co-scripter, Patrick Rotman, don't refrain from showing this truly repellent side of Sarko during his rise from minister of justice in 2002 to the highest elected office.
Bill Cosby in his finest role yet.
The gummy bears were on the floor. And yet...spicy.
it was good
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2011
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