Another acerbic tale from Claude Chabrol. Isabelle Huppert, without much makeup but equipped with an iron will, plays a judge investigating large-scale corporate fraud and government corruption. The powerful woman opposing very powerful men in dinky offices echoes Helen Mirren‘s struggle to “grab the machos by the balls” in Prime Suspect, although the crimes here remain abstract. The complex script is executed with masterful confidence, but the English title is a cynical joke: according to Chabrol, there is nothing funny about power. Comedy of Power comes out on DVD on Tuesday.

L’Ivresse du pouvoir. Claude Chabrol, 2006. ****

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