"Style Over Substance"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(HH, PCPC, LLL, V, S, N, A, D, M) Strong humanist, politically correct liberal worldview of style over substance that covers French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s rise to power from 2002 to 2007 without revealing very much whatever about the characters and what really drives them or makes them tick; at least 33 obscenities (about eight “f” words); brief newsreel scenes about night riots; no sex scenes but talk about wife’s adultery when she runs away with another man; upper male nudity in beach scene; alcohol use; smoking; and, political brinksmanship, people get angry.
THE CONQUEST is a French movie about the political rise and election of France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy. It clearly doesn’t like Sarkozy’s more conservative politics, but since the left wing really has no sound arguments of its own, the movie is mainly an attack on Sarkozy’s style, not the substance of his policies.
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.