The Minister

Dir: Pierre Schoeller (2011)

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Bertrand Saint-Jean is France’s Transport Minister. Once potent and idealistic, he has become a career politician, his ambition now as important as his beliefs. Saint-Jean is woken in the middle of the night and rushed to the scene of a horrific bus accident on a treacherous mountain road, which claims the lives of most of its passengers, many of them children. In the ensuing media frenzy a fellow politician announces a campaign to privatize France’s railway stations. Saint-Jean believes the move would be disastrous and, with the help of his Chief of Staff and his Press Secretary, rallies against the proposal. But as the Minister comes under attack from all levels of government, commerce, media and the unions, and as the people around him risk being sacrificed to the machinations of government, will Saint-Jean act according to his ethics, or his ambitions?

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Language: French (with English subtitles)

Run Time: 115 mins

Rating: MA15+ (Strong nudity and themes)

Director: Pierre Schoeller

Year: 2011

Winner: Fipresci Award, Un Certain Regard 2011

Winner: 3 Cesar Awards at 2012 ceremony.

Winner: French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Best Film 2011

★ “The Minister is played to perfection and beautifully written”

– Liberation

★ “A smart, efficient thriller that shows how politics has turned into a mad dash, and a dangerous addictive competition” 

– Telerama

★ “A masterstroke” 

- Le Monde

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