THE FRENCH MINISTER

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier | Written by Christophe Blain, Antonin Baudry and Bertrand Tavernier
US release date: March 21, 2014
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier | Written by Christophe Blain, Antonin Baudry and Bertrand Tavernier
With Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup and Julie Gayet
113 min, Comedy, France, 2013

Doors slam and papers fly in this off-the-wall comedy about French politics directed by master filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (The Princess of Montpensier). Tavernier's blistering assault - based on the award-winning graphic novel by Abel Lanzac, a former government speech writer - zeroes in on fictional Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandre Taillard de Vorms (a tour-de-force comic performance by Thierry Lhermitte). A human whirlwind and a man confident in France's importance on the world stage, de Vorms takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and the opportunistic Chinese while his hapless speech writer (Raphael Personnaz) endures the eccentricities of his megalomaniacal boss and his sycophantic entourage. In the vein of recent political comedies such as In the LoopThe French Minister is a hilarious send-up of diplomacy and international politics with rapid-fire dialogue and a brilliant ensemble cast.

Read the New York Times' film review here.


Opens in the US on March 21, 2014

- Opens in New York on March 21, 2014 at IFC Center

This film may not be shown in all US cities, please check your local listings for exact showtimes and places.

US Distribution: IFC Films

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