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The Last Mitterrand (Le promeneur du champ de Mars) (2005)

  Directed by: Robert Guédiguian
Written by: Georges-Marc Benamou
Starring: Michel Bouquet, Sarah Grappin, Jalil Lespert
Links: The Last Mitterrand on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"All Hail!" - a review by thestudent

Becoming an unlikely socialist French President in 1981, François Mitterrand led France until shortly before his death in 1996.

This two hour French epic tells of the President's dying days, as he tells his political story to the crestfallen Antoine Moreau, his biographer.

Overwhelmingly lonely, yet content and verbose, the film allows the audience to delicately care for the ailing Mitterand, as he slowly succumbs to prostate cancer.

No doubt this film would have more meaning to someone with a greater knowledge of French politics than myself, but the film had enough going for it to keep your watching for its 120 minute duration — not least of which was the red hot Judith, the love interest who nets a harried Moreau.

The confused Moreau confronts his hero in Mitterand, challenging him about the detail of his days during the Vichy reign of France, and his complicity with the Nazis.

I could easily see how someone could walk out this bored and unentertained, but I enjoyed the film, not least for its historical content.

thestudent gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 11 Aug 2005

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