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The French Minister(Quai d'Orsay)

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France · 2013
1h 53m
Director Bertrand Tavernier
Starring Thierry Lhermitte, Raphaël Personnaz, Niels Arestrup, Bruno Raffaelli
Genre Comedy

Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is a force to be reckoned with, stalking the world stage as Minister of Foreign Affairs for France. Pity his poor speechwriter, who must also navigate the treacherous terrain of the Quai d'Orsay, the ministry's home.

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Slant Magazine by Kenji Fujishima

With its broad performances, rapid-fire pacing, and rampant visual and verbal gags, Bernard Tavernier's first out-and-out comedy doesn't try too hard to hide its graphic-novel origins.


The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

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.


NPR by Mark Jenkins

The French Minister boasts robust pacing, screwball-comedy banter and an exuberant central performance. For most American viewers, though, the movie could use footnotes to go with its subtitles.


The Dissolve by Mike D'Angelo

[Lhermitte's] energetic performance is by far the best reason to see the film, which should probably have been directed by somebody else; Tavernier has little flair for comedy.

50 by Susan Wloszczyna

It is never a good situation when a subtitled foreign release is highly dependent on words to get its point across—especially when those words are supposed to make you laugh.

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