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  • Actors: Denis Podalydès, Bernard Le Coq, Florence Pernel, Michèle Moretti, Samuel Labarthe
  • Directors: Xavier Durringer
  • Producers: The Conquest ( La conquête ), The Conquest, La conquête
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 105.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B005TDSB7C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 300,819 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


France released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Collectors Edition, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Teaser(s), Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: French politics in general and the ascent to power of current President Nicolas Sarkozy in particular are presented as a tragicomic circus act in "The Conquest." Pic takes genre helmer Xavier Durringer ("Chok-Dee") 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. A straightforwardly dramatic counterpoint that explores Sarkozy's marital woes is almost lost in the political melee. Cannes preem date coincides with its local release; beyond Western Europe, this will be more of a curiosity item. ...The Conquest ( La conquête )

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Bartl on 27 July 2012
Format: DVD
As the director himself has explained, this film was inspired by similar films from the Anglosphere, such as "The Queen", that is: not really "docudramas" but cinematic versions of real events involving contemporaty politicians. And just like similar films, "La Conquete" works best for those who know enough about the events, and individuals, to recognise them, but not so much as to already know everything that is going on.

Personally, I have been keeping an eye on French politics for the last couple of decades or so; and Franz-Olivier Giesbert's series of biographies is informative in the extreme - as are the documentaries directed by Patrick Rotman, the writer of "La Conquete". So, to me, there wasn't all that much that was really new.

I greatly enjoyed this film (and I have already watched the DVD a few times), so I recommend it without reservation. In more detail, what I liked most (and least) about it was:

The good:

- most actors are excellent in their portrayals. Above all, Bernard Le Coq as President Jacques Chirac is astounding. He hasn't just played Chirac - he has become him. It was difficult for me to remember that I was watching an actor. The mannerisms, the expressions, the patterns of speech - they're all there, and yet he also conveys the thoughts behind those mannerisms. I think that is the best impersonation by an actor of a living person that I have ever seen on screen.
- Samuel Labarthe as Dominique de Villepin was also very good.
- the script accurately conveys the known events of the last couple of years before Sarkozy's election, with a few scenes that are convincing speculations(?).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great movie, and so timely 2 April 2012
By Paul Allaer - Published on
Format: DVD
"The Conquest" (2011; France; 105 min.) brings the 5 year period leading up to Nicolas Sarkozy's election in 2007 as President of France. Please note that this is not a documentary, but a fictional retelling of that period. The movie actually brings two parallel yet intertwined stories to the viewer: in the first one, we see how Sarkozy, against many odds and often in a lonely position, nevertheless manages to upstage other rivals on his way to the presidency. Jacques Chirac (played brilliantly by Bernard Le Coq) does just about everything he can to stop Sarkozy in his tracks (Sarkozy must've thought more than once "with friends like this, who needs enemies?"). In the second story line, we see how the marriage of Nicolas and Cecilia Sarkozy is struggling and ultimately falling apart. I didn't realize that Cecilia played a very active role in Sarkozy's election advisors team, and then actually left Nicolas only months before the presidential election day.

The acting is generally speaking outstanding. Besides Bernard Le Coq, there is of course the performance of Denis Podalydès in the role of Nicolas Sarkozy, and also Florence Pernel in the role of Cecilia Sarkozy. The movie doesn't seem to take itself too seriously, which is a good thing. In fact, it almost plays like a (French) soap, aside of being a political thriller (at which it is great). I enjoyed this movie from the start, and was surprised when the lights came on, I mean, it felt like the movie had just flashed by in no time.

This movie was released in France last May (making its debut at the Cannes film festival), but here in the US the movie is just now appearing in theatres, less than a month before the first round of the 2012 French presidential elections, how timely, and Sarkozy is again fighting for political survival. Having seen "The Conquest", though, I would not write off Sarkozy just yet, as he seems to have nine political lives. Meanwhile "The Conquest" is highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great acting 7 Aug. 2013
By Cheryl Kloda - Published on
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this movie does not lag. The pace and acting are wonderful. A real look into the world of politics which many times is an illusion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Solid Entertainment 11 Oct. 2012
By Scott McFarland - Published on
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I have no idea how close to reality this is or isn't. But it is full of momentum and it is solidly entertaining.
Primary colors (in French) 7 May 2012
By Connie G Scammell - Published on
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If you like political-themed dramas, this one is it. Nicolas Sarkozy, who today was unelected from his position as French president, rose to power from within his ministry of interior position back in 2007. This movie, although claimed to be fiction, really is about Sarkozy's behind-the-scene bantering to gain power.

The acting is very well done. All the actors actually look like the people they are representing: Jacques Chirac (Bernard Le Coq), Nicolas Sarkozy (Denis Podalydès) and then-wife Cecilia (Florence Pernel), Dominique de Villepin (Samuel Labarthe) do look like the real people they are protraying. Denis Podalydès even has Sarkozy's mannerisms down well, from the well-known lip pout to the way he stares at people.

What we see in this movie is how determined both Cecilia and Nicolas Sarkozy want the presidential position, but it also shows how much Cecilia hates the limelight and having to be someone she is not. She tires of what is expected of her as First Lady, which is one reason the marriage faltered after 11 odd years. Nicolas did what he has to do to win, at the expense of his marriage. Theirs was a bitter divorce laid out to the public.

I can not vouch for the accuracy of this movie, but it is entertaining and an insight into modern French politics. The animosity between Chirac and Sarkozy is real, the snide remarks from one another equally acidic. It's no different than the American system, but perhaps with less drama and more corruption.

My only complaint? There is so much dialogue that the subtitles can't often keep up!
Very well done movie 5 May 2012
By Loretta - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It kept my attention until the end on a topic that normally would garner no interest. It was that well made. The actors were a very good match to the real people involved and it was fascinating to watch the story play out. I would actually have liked the story to continue.
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