The French Minister

78
  • NR
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Release year: 2013
  • Running time: 113 min
Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With his silver mane and tanned, athletic body, he stalks the... read more
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Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the land of enlightenment: France. With his silver mane and tanned, athletic body, he stalks the world stage, from the floor of the United Nations in New York to the powder keg of Oubanga. There, he calls on the powerful and invokes the mighty to bring peace, to calm the trigger-happy, and to cement his aura of Nobel Peace Prize winner-in-waiting. Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is a force to be reckoned with, waging his own war backed up by the holy trinity of diplomatic concepts: legitimacy, lucidity and efficacy. He takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and money-grabbing Chinese. Perhaps the world doesn't deserve France's magnanimousness, but his art would be wasted if just restricted to home turf. Enter the young Arthur Vlaminck, graduate of the elite National School of Administration, who is hired as head of “language” at the foreign ministry. In other words, he is to write the minister's speeches. 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 advisors 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.

Original Release

11/06/2013

US Release

03/16/2014

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Cast

Thierry Lhermitte Alexandre Taillard de Worms / Alexandre Taillard de Vorms
Raphael Personnaz Arthur Vlaminck
Niels Arestrup Claude Maupas
Bruno Raffaelli Stéphane Cahut
Julie Gayet Valérie Dumontheil
Anaïs Demoustier Marina
Thomas Chabrol Sylvain Marquet
Thierry Fremont Guillaume Van Effentem
Alix Poisson Odile
Marie Bunel Martine
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Bertrand Tavernier

Writers

Christophe Blain, Antonin Baudry, Bertrand Tavernier

Cast

Thierry Lhermitte Alexandre Taillard de Worms / Alexandre Taillard de Vorms
Raphael Personnaz Arthur Vlaminck
Niels Arestrup Claude Maupas
Bruno Raffaelli Stéphane Cahut
Julie Gayet Valérie Dumontheil
Anaïs Demoustier Marina
Thomas Chabrol Sylvain Marquet
Thierry Fremont Guillaume Van Effentem
Alix Poisson Odile
Marie Bunel Martine
Jean-Marc Roulot Bertrand Castela
Sonia Rolland Nathalie
Didier Bezace Jean-Paul François
Jane Birkin Molly Hutchinson
Renaud Calvet Ambassadeur France à l'ONU / L'ambassadeur de France à l'ONU
François Perrot Antoine Taillard
Michel B. Dupérial L'huissier
Muhammad Hirzalla Traducteur / Le traducteur
Sylvain Saulet Garde du corps Taillard / Le garde du corps de Taillard
Sébastien Pouderoux Ludovic

Producers

Editors

Guy Lecorne

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