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  • Summary: The day is May 6, 2007, France’s run-up to the presidential elections. As the French people are getting ready to go to the polls to elect their new president, presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has shut himself away in his home. Though Sarkozy soon knows he has won the election, he is alone, gloomy and despondent. For hours he has been trying to reach his wife, Cécilia but to no avail. The last five years unfurl before our eyes, recounting Sarkozy’s unstoppable ascent, riddled with in-party backstabbing, media manipulation, riots, sarcastic confrontations and extra-marital affairs. The Conquest chronicles the volatile right-leaning Sarkozy’s startling rise to become President of France and the emotional and psychological stakes involved in the conquest of power. On the day the diminutive Sarkozy conquered his ultimate ambition, his wife—who for twenty years had struggled to pull the man she loved from the shadow into the light—walked out on him for another man. (Music Box Films)
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  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Nov 10, 2011
    80
    A smart, involving and strikingly adult drama about Sarkozy's rise to power.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 12, 2011
    75
    Still, I prefer a bit more drama in my political docudramas. The Conquest never really breaks out of its genre in the way that, say, "The Queen" or "Il Divo" or the more fictionalized "In the Loop" did.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jan 4, 2012
    75
    The result at times approaches screwball comedy. But no, this isn't deliberate comedy. It's essentially realistic. It's simply that the real lives of these figures are funny.
  4. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Nov 7, 2011
    60
    Picture takes genre helmer Xavier Durringer ("Chok-Dee") back to his theater roots, with most of the narrative mayhem and laughs coming from the picture's sharp dialogue and strong work by seasoned thesps, who just manage to avoid caricature.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 8, 2011
    60
    A drama about the dirty business of gaining power, it needs bared fangs - and more bite.
  6. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    Nov 7, 2011
    60
    An amusing yet lightweight political farce.
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 10, 2011
    50
    The movie, which begins with Mr. Sarkozy's election-night victory in May 2007, only intermittently rises above the tone of an arch, sniping drawing-room comedy peopled with mild caricatures.

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