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The Last Mitterrand (2005)

Le promeneur du Champ de Mars (original title)
A young journalist (Lespert) helps the French President compile his memoirs.

Director:

Robert Guédiguian

Writers:

Georges-Marc Benamou (book), Georges-Marc Benamou (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Bouquet ... Le Président
Jalil Lespert Jalil Lespert ... Antoine Moreau
Philippe Fretun Philippe Fretun ... Docteur Jeantot
Anne Cantineau Anne Cantineau ... Jeanne
Sarah Grappin Sarah Grappin ... Judith
Catherine Salviat ... Mado
Jean-Claude Frissung Jean-Claude Frissung ... René
Philippe Le Mercier Philippe Le Mercier ... Fleury, le garde du corps (as Philippe Lemercier)
Serge Kribus Serge Kribus ... Riou, le chauffeur
Jean-Claude Bourbault Jean-Claude Bourbault ... Le libraire
Grégoire Oestermann ... Garland
Béatrice Bruno Béatrice Bruno ... Thérèse Manicourt
Philippe Lehembre ... Chazelles
Istvan Van Heuverzwyn Istvan Van Heuverzwyn ... Deletraz
Rémy Darcy Rémy Darcy ... Ladrière
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A young journalist (Lespert) helps the French President compile his memoirs.

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Biography | Drama

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Official Sites:

Pathé [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 February 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Mitterrand See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,979,988
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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The TGV seats decoration (mainly the TGV logo on the head rest) was not the one used when Mitterand was President. See more »

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One of the more… UNUSUAL biographies you'll get to see..
19 October 2005 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

The Last Mitterand sure score points for originality, let me tell you. Eseentially, this story details Mitterand's visit to his potential biographer during the last few months of his tumultuous decade as the French President, and in declining health. The President talks about his years in power and his politics, but sidesteps any questions about his shady past, particularly in World War II. The author tries to go through other sources to get this information, only to realize that he's being watched..

If I've confused you, I'm sorry, as this, amazingly enough, is a fictional piece! Although it's totally implied that Michel Bouquet is playing Mitterand, the character is only addressed as 'Mr President'. This movie is actually based on a book that was written about Mitterand, and the movie, pay attention now, is based on the author's research on the book and communications with Mitterand. I don't think I've ever seen a movie biography done this way before. (Well, OK, Interview With The Vampire, but that was uhhh total fiction). I have to tip my hat to the filmmakers for this idea! Hats off too to Bouqet, who is simply stunning as Mitt-er I mean "The President". He had that role NAILED down. I don't know what Mitterand's nuances were, but Bouqet was amazingly believable. Finally, although I hardly know a thing about French politics (and it appears that other people in the audience got some of the jokes I didn't), you can just enjoy this movie for what it is, a magnificent portrait of a interesting, yet somewhat guarded individual.


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