DVD - 2014 | French
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When the CEO of France's Phenix Bank collapses on the golf course, Machiavellian young executive Marc Tourneuil is crowned as his replacement. A whirlwind of ruthless ambition, power struggles, greed and deception ensues as Tourneuil's brutal ascent is jeopardized by a hostile takeover attempt from a large American hedge fund led by Dittmar Rigule, erotic distractions from international supermodel Nassim, and adversaries with an agenda for destruction.
Publisher: [Canada?] : Les Films Seville Incorporated, ©2014
Copyright Date: KG PRoudctions/France 2 Cinéma,, ©2014.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 114 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
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Jul 16, 2017

Nice fictional expose of the vampiric banksters who dominant the global economy to the detriment of the vast majority of humanity and the planet. Goldman-Sachs figures prominently in the story and rightly so. The special feature interview with Costa-Gavras was interesting.

Gabriel Byrne was an interesting casting choice that paid off. Beware, if you're expecting a typical Hollywood "American ending" to the film you will have to get your pablum elsewhere.

harrybrowne Oct 15, 2015

A gripping film; better than I expected. Intelligent dialogue, often clever and witty, though sometimes too preachy and confusing.

Masterfully directed by Costa-Gavras, who also co-wrote the screenplay. And whose leftist leanings are obvious but not offputting.

Gad Elmaleh is a surprise, he is outstanding as Tourneuil, whose character is morally conflicted. Gabriel Byrne (so good in "Secret State") is just mostly blustery here.

Best line: "I didn't know it was such fun to spout crap."

For other good films in this genre, see "Arbritrage" and especially "Margin Call."

P.S. The story is based on a book by Stephane Osmont, not Stephanie as it says on the DVD.

Sep 12, 2014

Wow, what a molotov of a modern crime film! This is Free-Market Capitalism personified and Costa-Gavras pulls no punches with his latest statement on modern society. The main character is chosen by the ailing CEO of a French bank to ''temporarily'' succeed him; against the wishes of all the other power hungry players involved. Initially appearing as an environmentally positive, forward thinking radical. he is soon seduced by the ''Cowboy Capitalism'' of corrupt Wall-Street investment bankers. Eyes turned by an American Supermodel who just happens to be there when the seduction of corruption cards are played and before you can say '' Et tu -Brutus?'' the descent begins. And what a descent! Eventually there is no bottom to the levels of depravity where this ''maverick'' will sink. Yet anyone who follows the doings of our current parasitic financial overseers should really not be shocked. Costa-Gavras rarely disappoints, but for me this time he really ''upped-the-ante'' for this genre, even though I think for sheer veracity,- ''American Hustle'' tops this flic somewhat. Still, for thrilling entertainment with a dollop of political statement,this was definitely worth the time.

Aug 23, 2014

I guess age has taken its toll for Costa-Gavras, a noted filmmaker famous for his politically-tinged thrillers. It's a film that delves into a subject we all know but wasn't given a new twist or something we should wonder like his previous films. Most noteworthy is the choice for Gad Elmaleh whose looks and persona don't match with that of Marc in the film.

d2013 Aug 10, 2014

A Robin Hood helping the poor he was not. Gad Elmaleh is great as Marc Tourneuil, the chosen representative of France's Bank of Phenix CEO. Overall, this was a good movie.

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