A Comedy of Power

Overview

Claude Chabrol's Comedy of Power stars Isabelle Huppert as a French judge who attempts to bring down the very powerful but corrupt CEO of a large corporation. As she digs deeper into the case, she uncovers criminal activity that stretches into the highest levels of government, and her life is turned upside down by death threats as well as her sudden celebrity. The film follows as her career affects her family. Loosely based on real events, Comedy of Power had its North American debut at the 2006 Tribeca Film ...
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Overview

Claude Chabrol's Comedy of Power stars Isabelle Huppert as a French judge who attempts to bring down the very powerful but corrupt CEO of a large corporation. As she digs deeper into the case, she uncovers criminal activity that stretches into the highest levels of government, and her life is turned upside down by death threats as well as her sudden celebrity. The film follows as her career affects her family. Loosely based on real events, Comedy of Power had its North American debut at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.
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Special Features

Making of featurette; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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The premise of Comedy of Power sounds familiar from a thousand legal thrillers, but with Claude Chabrol's modest yet quietly captivating execution and his frequent collaborator Isabelle Huppert starring as witty tough-as-nails judge Jeanne Charmant-Killman, the film becomes a cynically astute deconstruction of modern corporate and political corruption and the crude tactics employed by CEOs to keep their men's club boardrooms intact. The sexual politics and judicial maneuvering, though unique to France, are broadly understandable and relatable enough to appeal to a non-Francophile audience, and the unobtrusive camera setup and dialogue-heavy storytelling are reminiscent of television crime dramas. The comedy of the titles comes from a raised-eyebrow take on the vanity of authority figures, expressed in the outlook of Charmant's nephew Felix Thomas Chabrol, whose sedentary lifestyle means he has to respect little power. However, the consequences of a leader's actions are depicted as very real, from the personal devastation that results when Charmant jails Humeau François Berléand to the larger implications of corporate malfeasance and political machinations. The extreme pressures put on Charmant takes a toll on those around her, but she never loses her cool or sacrifices her snappy fashion sense and Chabrol questions whether this is due to her well-known "piranha" tenacity or a fault of her professional vanity. If the ending, in which the forces of ultimate power remain unscathed, is predictable at least Charmant's final line, a succinct putdown of untamable corruption, has more than enough tart resonance to make up for it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • UPC: 741952310198
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Source: Koch Lorber Films
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 68,422

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Huppert Jeanne Charmant-Killman
François Berléand Michel Humeau
Patrick Bruel Jacques Sibaud
Robin Renucci Philippe, Philippe Charmant-Killman
Maryline Canto Erika
Thomas Chabrol Félix
Jean-François Balmer Boldi
Pierre Vernier Président Martino
Jacques Boudet Descarts
Philippe Duclos Jean-Baptiste Holéo
Jean-Christophe Bouvet Me Parlebas, Parlebas
Roger Dumas René Lange
John P. Arnold Man in Jaguar
Yves Verhoeven Benoît, le greffier, Benoît the Clerk
Jacques Bouanich Prison Guard
Benoît Charpentier Economics Journalist
Laurence Colussi Lift Attendant
Dominique Daguier Stranger 2
Stephane Debac Thirty-Year Cop 1
Pierre-Francois Dumeniaud Leblanc
Raphaëlle Farman Singer
Pierre-Henri Gibert Financial Group Minion
Michelle Goddet Nicole Humeau
Cyril Guei African Diplomat
Fernand Guiot Belgian
Sophie Guiter Evelyne
Jean-Marie Juan Marco
Aïcha Kossoko Jeanne's Nurse
Nathalie Kousnetzoff Michèle
Pascale Mariani Palais Cleaner
Raphaël Neal Stranger 1
Jacky Nercessian Hotel Club Maître d'
Jean-Pierre Niobé Jipe
Emmanuel Noyant Policeman 1
Anthony Paliotti Guard Doing Body Search
Guy Perrot Dr. Philippe
Hubert Saint-Macary Prison Director
Michel Scourneau Man in Jaguar 2
Eric Sendra Thirty-Year Cop 2
Jean-Marie Winling Man in Power
Laurent Petitgirard Conductor
Technical Credits
Claude Chabrol Director, Screenwriter
Artefix Special Effects
Odile Barski Screenwriter
Francoise Benoit-Fresco Production Designer
Matthieu Chabrol Score Composer
Mic Cheminal Costumes/Costume Designer
Mademoiselle Chouchou Casting
Monique Fardoulis Editor
Francoise Galfre Executive Producer
Patrick Godeau Producer
Alfred Hurmer Co-producer
Michel Jullien Production Manager
Thierry Lebon Sound/Sound Designer
Pierre Lenoir Sound/Sound Designer
Cecile Maistre Asst. Director, Casting
Catherine Perrat Art Director
Jean-Christophe Roger Makeup
Eduardo Serra Cinematographer
Michel Thiriet Camera Operator
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Comedy of Power
1. Apprehended [6:53]
2. The Piranha [6:53]
3. Compelling Evidence [3:17]
4. "Why Are You Hounding Me?" [7:10]
5. Concession [7:01]
6. Suspicious Accident [8:04]
7. Promotion [:36]
8. Questioning Holeo [10:06]
9. "This Can't Go On" [6:02]
10. Pressure [2:48]
11. Conspirators [3:47]
12. Sibaud's Office [4:48]
13. A Fresh Eye [:48]
14. News of Philippe [4:40]
15. No Job Without Risk [11:08]
16. End Credits [:36]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Comedy of Power
   Play Film
   Scenes
   Extras
      Theatrical Trailer
      Making of Featurette
   Set Up
      English Subtitles: On/Off
   Previews
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      Nathalie...
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      Changing Times
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