La conquête

La conquête poster
Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $74,474Details
International Box Office $5,028,609
Worldwide Box Office $5,103,083
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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 involving 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. Renowned French playwright Xavier Durringer exposes with knowing and sardonic overtones the absurdness behind political campaigning. Based entirely on public documents and first person accounts, THE CONQUEST reveals the inner machinations of a bitter campaign in a new media age. Long the subjects of journalistic accounts analyzing how modern elections are won going back at least to Theodore White's 1960 classic "The Making of the President," politicians - either living, recently deceased or thinly disguised - are turning up more frequently in feature films. THE CONQUEST is part of this sub-genre of generally satirical films that includes the upcoming IDES OF MARCH, THE IRON LADY, GAME CHANGE and recent films such as W., THE QUEEN and IN THE LOOP. However, THE CONQUEST is the first film to expose the drama surrounding the election of a leader during his term in office.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Spilled
74% - Fresh
50% - Spilled

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 11th, 2011 (Limited) by Music Box Films, released as The Conquest
Video Release: April 12th, 2012 by Music Box Films Video, released as The Conquest
Running Time: 105 minutes
Keywords: Relationships Gone Wrong, Second Wife, Infidelity, Biography, Political
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Dramatization
Production Companies: Gaumont, Mandarin Cinema, Canal Plus, Multithematiques


   Nicolas Sarkozy
Florence Pernel    Cecilia Sarkozy
Bernard Le Coq    Jcques Chirac
Hippolyte Girardot    Claude Gueant
Samuel Labarthe    Dominique De Villepin

Production and Technical Credits

Screenwriter    Patrick Rotman
Screenwriter    Xavier Durringer
Producer    Eric Altmeyer
Producer    Nicolas Altmeyer

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Daily Box Office Performance

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2011/11/11 61 $16,273   6 $2,712   $16,273 3
2011/11/18 61 $9,592 -41% 8 $1,199   $34,078 10
2011/11/25 91 $1,246 -87% 3 $415   $38,460 17
2011/12/02 100 $118 -91% 1 $118   $39,163 24
2011/12/16 83 $1,276   1 $1,276   $40,439 38
2012/01/06 63 $5,805   6 $968   $46,935 59
2012/01/13 75 $2,547 -56% 5 $509   $52,664 66
2012/01/27 77 $2,473   3 $824   $56,501 80
2012/02/03 71 $3,053 +23% 4 $763   $60,277 87
2012/02/10 85 $2,614 -14% 4 $654   $63,685 94
2012/02/17 98 $423 -84% 2 $212   $65,366 101
2012/02/24 83 $3,070 +626% 3 $1,023   $68,479 108
2012/03/09 85 $4,420   4 $1,105   $73,882 122

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