Comedy of Power

Comedy of Power (French: L'Ivresse du pouvoir) is a 2006 French drama film directed by Claude Chabrol and starring Isabelle Huppert.[3] The French title means "drunk with power".

Comedy of Power
Film poster
Directed byClaude Chabrol
Produced byFrançoise Galfré
Written byClaude Chabrol
Odile Barski
StarringIsabelle Huppert
François Berléand
Patrick Bruel
Music byMatthieu Chabrol
CinematographyEduardo Serra
Edited byMonique Fardoulis
Distributed byPan-Européenne
Release date
  • 16 February 2006 (2006-02-16) (Berlin)
  • 22 February 2006 (2006-02-22) (France)
Running time
110 minutes
Budget$8.2 million[1]
Box office$9 million[2]


Humeau, head of a major state-owned company, is arrested for abuse of funds and interrogated by the implacable prosecutor, Jeanne Charmant-Killman. As she uncovers more and more hidden corruption, implicating politicians and foreign powers, both subtle and brutal methods are used to stop her. Intoxicated with the power of rooting out evil, her private life disintegrates and after an apparent suicide attempt her unhappy husband ends up in intensive care. At the hospital she sees Humeau, another man whose health is broken by his ordeal. The audience is left to wonder how many more victims she will amass or whether she will herself succumb to the increasing pressure.


See also


  1. JP. "L'Ivresse du pouvoir (Comedy of Power) (2006)- JPBox-Office". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  2. "Comedy of Power (2007) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  3. Scott, A. O. "NY Times: Comedy of Power". NY Times. Retrieved 30 May 2010.

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