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87 Ratings

The French Minister

Quai d'Orsay

Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
France, 2013


Master filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (The Princess of Montpensier, Life and Nothing But) directs this gleeful political satire about a dashing, globetrotting French foreign minister whose charm and insouciance mask his utter and complete incompetence.

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The French Minister Directed by Bertrand Tavernier

Awards & Festivals

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2013 | 2 wins including: Best Screenplay

César Awards

2014 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

2014 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Actress

Lumiere Awards

2014 | Winner: Most Promising Young Actor

2014 | 5 nominations including: CST Award

Mr. Tavernier’s filmmaking here is loose, almost casual, and you may not always notice what he’s doing with the camera as he frames the ministry’s choreographed chaos with its whirling people and parts.
March 20, 2014
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It’s pleasant, and at times very funny, but the meandering episodes mean that despite the long running time, the satire never builds to a payoff. The conclusion feels too good-natured after nearly two hours of a minister who would need typed instructions to butter a baguette.
March 19, 2014
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The dialogue is too pointed to be hilarious—the graphic novel’s author, Antonin Baudry (who also co-wrote the screenplay) worked for former real-life Minister Of Foreign Affairs Dominique de Villepin, and his story is a lightly fictionalized account of his actual experiences. Consequently, The French Minister [isn’t] as uproarious as something like In The Loop… It’s just a whole lot of political blather that never ignites into comedy or drama.
March 18, 2014
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