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The Last Mitterrand

2005 1h 55m Biography Drama List
43% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 61% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Toward the end of his days in power, a man referred to as The President (Michel Bouquet) visits Antoine Moreau (Jalil Lespert), a political reporter who is being considered for his biographer. The elder statesman, who has been in ill health, is concerned with his political legacy and how he will be remembered -- especially given the controversy that surrounded his life. Moreau talks to others about The President, but it appears someone may be trying to keep certain facts from being unearthed. Read More Read Less

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David Walsh World Socialist Web Site Whatever the filmmaker's intentions, one feels that ultimately he was rather overawed and intimidated, like much of the French "left," by the late president. Feb 15, 2021 Full Review PJ Nabarro Patrick Nabarro A thought-provoking film which will be of interest to not only those familiar with Mitterrand's political career, but also those partial to sage, wintry cinematic portraits. Rated: 4/5 Oct 29, 2019 Full Review Kaleem Aftab The List In spite of [a] lofty idea and the film's excellent pedigree, The Last Mitterand, like the great man's term in office, ultimately fails. Rated: 3/5 Apr 25, 2019 Full Review Brandon Judell Huffington Post A brilliantly acted, directed and written look at the last days of the French president and the relationship he had with his biographer. Sep 16, 2018 Full Review Scott Andrews FilmFocus Rated: 1/5 Sep 4, 2005 Full Review Matt McAllister Future Movies UK Rated: 3/10 Sep 3, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member "Le Promeneur du Champs de Mars" is the account of the attempt made by a French President to rewrite History at the end of his life. To name it "the Last Mitterand" in the English version is not correct as never in the movie, the name of Francois Mitterand is mentioned. It is fairly clear that this story talks about Francois Mitterand but the point goes beyond it. Rewriting History or writing History is not obvious and in order to do that, you need to be in control of the narrative and the people around you need to go along. If you are not going along, the President cancels you for a time or forever. It happens several times to the journalist the President recruits to write a book to give his side of the story. This is the story of the interaction between the two characters. Michel Bouquet provides one of his finest performances, which was crowned with a Cesar in France. Little by little, people discover the man behind the French President, his fears, his shortcomings, the constant lying about his health, about his family, how self-involved he has become, and how his memory has reconstructed his past and his resistance to challenge his memory. At the same time, the movie is made such as you cannot not have a strong connection with the President. Yes, he is a difficult being but so profoundly human. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/11/23 Full Review Audience Member As and intelligent individual, and quite well read on french politics, this movie is shameful. One learns with surprise that those who search Mitterrand's troubled past on the side of Vichy are unhealthy voyeurs and that the subject of the responsibilities of each one in this drama must not be approached. The millions of Jews who died in deportation will not be asked for their opinions. No wonder there have been so many collaborators and nazis in this France. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a quiet film, very minimalist, very well directed by Robert Guediguian amaster director very engaged politically. This probably isn't the average type of film we get to Watch on screen but it deserves a look for the amazing performance of Michel Bouquet & the beautiful study of a man who gave his entire life for the improvement of the French political society, wether you like or hate theman,the film is very enlihting on his last years at the head of the government. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Slow and instantly forgettable - learned little about the man. Disappointing. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member C'est bon et intéressant, mais on espérait un film plus politique et moins "humaine". Reccommandable si on est intéressé en Mitterrand et même en la politique. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Titolo italiano: Le passeggiate al Campo di Marte Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Toward the end of his days in power, a man referred to as The President (Michel Bouquet) visits Antoine Moreau (Jalil Lespert), a political reporter who is being considered for his biographer. The elder statesman, who has been in ill health, is concerned with his political legacy and how he will be remembered -- especially given the controversy that surrounded his life. Moreau talks to others about The President, but it appears someone may be trying to keep certain facts from being unearthed.
Director
Robert Guédiguian
Producer
Frank Le Wita
Screenwriter
Gilles Taurand, Georges-Marc Benamou
Genre
Biography, Drama
Original Language
French (Canada)
Release Date (DVD)
Aug 28, 2007
Runtime
1h 55m
Sound Mix
Dolby