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Published March 10th 2014


If political satire cranks up your funny-bones ,then this farcical look at the inner workings of the Foreign Affairs Ministry will get you howling.

It's not dissimilar to "Yes Minister" in that its a warts-and-all production expertly lampooned by a stellar cast. This is gymnastics for suits, constantly in motion with the chicanery and humour non-stop. It merry-go-rounds, spinning clever puns and double entendres like flying hand grenade fragments.

The series of crises, intrigues, internal friction and sudden impending urgencies constantly overlap each other with sarcastic portraits of harassed public servants chasing their own tails.

Packed with one -liners galore, it rushes ahead at breakneck speed without a goal in sight. This is marvellous entertainment which leaves you breathless from beginning to end, with clever dialogue and scenes that will regurgitate your memory often.

The key character, played by Thierry Lhermitte, is a personification of the ideal politician.... witty, handsome, never at a loss for the right word, spreading wisdom as if he invented it, while changing his mind more often then changing shirts.

The bureau chief, Maupas, gives a masterful performance of of restrained calm that barely hides a volcano about to erupt.

What will be etched in your memory, is the stack of papers flying up in the air every time the minister bursts into the room....and the words 'legitimacy, lucidity and efficiency'.

This movie is a corker.
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