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Alice and the Mayor (2019)

Alice et le maire (original title)
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The mayor of Lyon is in existential crisis. After 30 years in politics, he feels totally empty and devoid of ideas. As a fix for this problem, his aides bring a brilliant young philosopher, into his inner circle.

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Nicolas Pariser

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Nicolas Pariser (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrice Luchini ... Paul Théraneau
Anaïs Demoustier ... Alice Heimann
Nora Hamzawi ... Mélinda
Léonie Simaga Léonie Simaga ... Isabelle Leinsdorf
Antoine Reinartz ... Daniel
Maud Wyler ... Delphine Bérard
Alexandre Steiger Alexandre Steiger ... Gauthier
Pascal Rénéric Pascal Rénéric ... Xavier
Thomas Rortais Thomas Rortais ... Pierre
Thomas Chabrol ... Patrick Brac
Michel Valls Michel Valls ... Philippe Paquet
Claire Galopin Claire Galopin ... La secrétaire du Maire
Manon Kneusé Manon Kneusé ... Claire
Lucie Gallo Lucie Gallo ... Marie
Pierre Desmaret Pierre Desmaret ... Le maire du IVeme
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The mayor of Lyon, Paul Théraneau, is in a delicate position. After 30 years in politics, he is running out of ideas, feeling like an existential emptiness. To overcome this, Paul hires a young and brilliant philosopher, Alice Heimann. Then follows a dialogue between two diametrically opposed personalities who will turn their certainties upside down. Written by Bac Films

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France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 October 2019 (France) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Lyon, France See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Chuckly, invigorating and deliberately absurd
30 August 2019 | by FrenchEddieFelsonSee all my reviews

Right from the beginning, we easily recognize the agitated, mischievous and disenchanted atmosphere of Quai d'Orsay (2013) (a lot) and L'exercice de l'État (2011) (a little) with an obvious inspiration from the universe of Éric Rohmer.

Paul Théraneau (Fabrice Luchini) is the current mayor of Lyon and in the midst of an existential crisis. He compares himself to a Formula One with an overpowered engine but out of fuel, continuing to move thanks to inertia more than anything else. He fears that his electorate notices it. He recruits in this way Alice Heimann (Anaïs Demoustier), a woman as brilliant as young and whose career is limited to professorship within the prestigious University of Oxford. She is obviously smart but her political and professional inexperience will quickly contrast with the lions' den atmosphere that reigns in the town hall of Lyon and the French Socialist Party.

Beyond the complicity that is very quickly developed between Paul and Alice, the film skillfully mixes politics (Fabrice Luchini), philosophy (Anaïs Demoustier), communication (Antoine Reinartz), tradition (Pascal Rénéric), art (Maud Wyler), friendship (Alexandre Steiger), uselessness (Nora Hamzawi), ... Despite some slight snags, the result is fundamentally successful. I really appreciated the obvious quality of the dialogues and these excellent acting games around Fabrice Luchini.

As a synthesis: 7/8 of 10


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