Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Original title: L’Ivresse Du Pouvoir
Alternate title: Lust For Power
France/Germany, 2006. Alicéléo, France 2 Cinéma, A.J.O.Z. Films, Integral Film, Procirep, Angoa-Agicoa, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Filmförderungsanstalt, Canal+, CinéCinéma. Screenplay by Claude Chabrol, Odile Barski. Cinematography by Eduardo Serra. Produced by Patrick Godeau. Music by Matthieu Chabrol. Production Design by Francoise Benoit-Fresco. Costume Design by Mic Cheminal. Film Editing by Monique Fardoulis.
Disappointing effort from the great Claude Chabrol, who unites with one of his most successful muses, Isabelle Huppert, for another tale of class corruption. She plays a judge renowned for her no-prisoners attitude, affectionately dubbed “The Piranha” by her colleagues, who goes after the CEO of a company (François Berléand) suspected of misappropriating funds. Her investigation into his culpability leads to bigger fish up the chain and she doesn’t flinch from going after them even when it means personal danger to her. The story is told with Chabrol’s usual cool-as-ice direction, but it fails to really light up the way his smoothest movies usually do. Huppert is in top form, thoroughly charismatic and displaying the odd, delightful quirkiness that this master director brings out in her whenever they work together (it’s now going on thirty years of collaboration between them), but the script isn’t enough for the great plot.
Berlin Film Festival: In Competition