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Comedy of Power (2006)



Critic Consensus: Light on laughs -- and character detail -- Comedy of Power is nonetheless a timely thriller that unites Claude Chabrol and Isabelle Huppert to diverting effect.

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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.


Isabelle Huppert
as Jeanne Charmant-Killman
François Berléand
as Michel Humeau
Patrick Bruel
as Jacques Sibaud
Robin Renucci
as Philippe
Jean-Christophe Bouvet
as Mr. Parlebas, Esq.
Roger Dumas
as René Lange
John P. Arnold
as Man in Jaguar
Jacques Bouanich
as Prison Guard
Laurence Colussi
as Lift Attendant
Stéphane Debac
as Thirty-Year Cop 1
Yves Verhoeven
as The Court Clerk
Dominique Daguier
as Stranger No.2
Pierre Vernier
as Presiding Judge Martino
Raphael Neal
as Stranger No.1
Cyril Guei
as African Diplomat
Aïcha Kossoko
as Jeanne's Nurse
John Arnold
as Jaguar Man No.1
Michel Scourneau
as Jaguar Man No.2
Anthony Paliotti
as Search Supervisor
Emmanuel Noyant
as Policeman 1
Benoît Charpentier
as Economics Journalist
Guy Perrot
as Dr. Philippe
Hubert Saint-Macary
as Prison Director
Pascale Mariani
as Cleaning Woman
Eric Sendra
as Thirty-Year Cop 2
Michelle Goddet
as Nicole Humeau
Jean-Marie Winling
as Man in Power
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Critic Reviews for Comedy of Power

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (26)

Drawing on the real-life prosecution of a recent scandal, Chabrol, a former law student, seems to be having more fun with a film than he's had in years, and it's contagious.

March 1, 2021 | Full Review…

A sleek, hand-tooled, extremely sophisticated package, A Comedy Of Power is a very grown-up entertainment that artfully walks a line between moral comedy and political thriller.

September 23, 2020 | Full Review…

The film constantly plays out within the borders of a perfectly traceable reality, overwhelming it with an absolutely rigorous mise-en-scèn

March 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Superbly incarnated by Isabelle Huppert, she's almost nunlike in her quiet heroism.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Very little happens, and it has the look of a TV movie; yet the pace never seems to let up, the screen never seems empty, and its grip on your attention doesn't falter.

December 14, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The script is dapper and the story slick. But it is Huppert who gives it heft, style and star power.

December 14, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Comedy of Power


slow moving french film about the machinery of capitalism and one woman's determination to put a dent in the inherent corruption that lies within. Terrific acting by Huppert and Berland, but otherwise one soon realizes the futility of her struggle and the movie seems to slow down rather quickly, almost to a halt toward the end. Its an ok watch for the acting though.

alan jay
alan jay

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]In "The Comedy of Power", Jeanne Charmant-Kilman(Isabelle Huppert), a judge investigating corruption, orchestrates the arrest of Humeau(Francois Berleand), a high-ranking official, and hopes to sweat the names of his cohorts out of him. But they are not that concerned, thinking that attention will be focused solely on him. On the home front, her husband, Philippe(Robin Renucci), a doctor, is less than supportive of her, while his nephew, Felix(Thomas Chabrol), shows up, looking for a place to crash.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"The Comedy of Power" is directed by Claude Chabrol in his usual matter-of-fact style. Ostensibly a legal procedural, the movie pays less attention to the facts of the case than to the characters involved. Through Isabelle Huppert's relaxed performance, it becomes clear that her character is doing something that she enjoys and is glad that she can make a difference by attacking corruption and breaking down the old boy network. By contrast, her husband has almost the opposite feelings about his job.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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