Style Over Substance
Release Date: November 11, 2011
Starring: Denis Podalydés, Florence
Pernel, Bernard Le Coq,
Hippolyte Girardot, Samuel
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Music Box Films
Director: Xavier Durringer
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Eric Altmayer, Nicolas
Writer: Patrick Rotman, Xavier
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The movie opens on election day May 6, 2007 with Sarkozy wondering where his second wife, Cécilia, is. It then flashes back to Sarkozy’s career in the five years preceding 2007, jumping back and forth in time. As Sarkozy battles his rivals, including the French president, his wife helps manage his political affairs. Then, she runs off with their PR consultant. Sarkozy eventually coaxes her back to celebrate his win, but then she leaves for good.
THE CONQUEST is all style and no substance. It alludes to Sarkozy’s policies regarding cracking down on crime and the riots by Muslims and juvenile delinquents that overtook France a few years ago, but it’s mostly about the style and political maneuvering of Sarkozy compared with the other leaders in his party, including former President Jacques Chirac. The movie also makes a big deal about Sarkozy’s wife actively taking part in working on Sarkozy’s political strategy, but viewers will still be in the dark about what she actually did after seeing this ill-conceived movie.
THE CONQUEST lacks any sense of jeopardy or compelling story. There’s plenty of foul language, but no lewd content is shown, despite the wife’s adultery. Since divorcing his second wife, Sarkozy has gotten married again – this time to a former model, singer, and actress. Thus, while Sarkozy may not be the typical French politician of years past, he certainly seems to fit in perfectly well with the world’s perception of the typical French male – they really like the ladies!
Liberals and leftists like to focus on process and style because they can’t win ideological arguments or policy debates, especially when confronted by savvy conservatives and libertarians who can walk and chew gum at the same time. Truly serious people who are hungry for substantive information about French politics will want to avoid THE CONQUEST.
THE CONQUEST is all style and no substance. It alludes to Sarkozy’s policies regarding the Muslim youth riots that overtook France in 2005, but it’s mostly about the style and political maneuvering of Sarkozy. Especially compared with his party’s other leaders, including former President Jacques Chirac. The movie makes a big deal about Sarkozy’s wife helping her husband’s political strategy, but viewers will still be in the dark about what she actually did after seeing this ill-conceived movie. THE CONQUEST lacks any sense of jeopardy or compelling story. There’s plenty of foul language but no sex scenes, despite the wife’s adultery.