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The French Minister (Quai d'Orsay)

Quai d'Orsay

The French Minister (Quai d'Orsay)

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup

year: 2013

colour: yes


director: Bertrand Tavernier

runtime: 113

Alexandre Taillard de Worms (Thierry Lhermitte), the Foreign Affairs Minister of France, is tall, attractive, and adored by women. Enters Arthur Vlaminck (Raphaël Personnaz), a young graduate from the elite Ecole Normal d'Administration (ENA), is hired as the head of "language" at the ministry which other words means writing the Minister's speeches whose key words are "legitimacy, unity and efficiency"…Understood, "comrade"? But he also has to learn to deal with the sensibilities of the boss and his entourage, and find his way between the private secretary and the special advisers who stalk the corridors of the Quai d'Orsay - the ministry's home - where stress, ambition and dirty dealing are the daily currency. But just as he thinks he can influence the fate of the world, everything seems threatened by the inertia of the technocrats.
Adapted from Christophe Blain's and Abel Lanzac's graphic novel, Quai d'Orsay leads you with humour in the muted and stressing universe of the Quai d'Orsay.


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