Comedy of Power: Moune Jamet
January 17, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

Comedy of Power

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
110 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/05/07
performer
Isabelle Huppert, Francois Berleand
director
Claude Chabrol
distributor
Koch Lorber
author
Odile Barski, Claude Chabrol
genre
Foreign Language
We gave it a C

Isabelle Huppert has gone through entire films without cracking a smile, so it’s a surprise to see her give her lightest, warmest performance in years as a severe Paris judge looking into a multitentacled case of corporate corruption in Comedy of Power. The latest from Claude Chabrol is a serious examination of the Enron era, and as Huppert faces down witnesses, trying to unravel the case, we wait for a moment of revelation. It never arrives. Chabrol has fashioned a mystery that caves in on itself, but unfortunately, it caves in on the audience, too.

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