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Comedy of power
Publication Information:
Port Washington, NY : Koch Lorber Films, ©2007.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Title from container.

Also known as: Lust for power.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2006.

Special features: Making of featurette ; original theatrical trailer.
After locking up an embezzling CEO, Jeanne pushes the limits of her power even further and winds up in a dangerous game of threats and intimidation.

Home use only.
Reading Level:
Canadian Home Video Rating: PG.
Geographic Term:


Call Number
FRENCH DVD Comedy 2006

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The latest thriller from French New Wave veteran Claude Chabrol opens with a tongue-in-cheek claim that it does not depict real events, even though it¿s timely and provocative account of corporate and political corruption was inspired by a real-life scandal involving a French oil giant and several top-level politicians. The stunning and accomplished Isabelle Huppert (I Heart Huckabees) stars as Jeanne, a tenacious magistrate known as -the piranha - of the judiciary system, who puts her personal life on the back burner to pursue white-collar criminals with their private hands in public pockets. After gaining fame for locking up an embezzling CEO, Jeanne pushes the limits of her intoxicating power further than ever and winds up isolated in a dangerous game of threats and intimidation.


Claude Chabrol's Comedy of Power stars Isabelle Huppert as a French judge who attempts to bring down the very powerful but corrupt CEO of a large corporation. As she digs deeper into the case, she uncovers criminal activity that stretches into the highest levels of government, and her life is turned upside down by death threats as well as her sudden celebrity. The film follows as her career affects her family. Loosely based on real events, Comedy of Power had its North American debut at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Recurrent Claude Chabrol collaborator Isabelle Huppert (Merci Pour Le Chocolat, Story of Women) shines as a dogged magistrate out to bring down some smug white-collar criminals. Inspired by a real French oil-conglomerate scandal akin to Enron, Chabrol not only records the pitiless efforts of his fictionalized judge but also the toll it takes on her seemingly solid marriage. Once again, Huppert shows how she earned her reputation. For most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.