Dir. Nicolas Pariser, 2015, France, 99 min, DCP, color
With André Dussollier, Melvil Poupaud, Clémence Poésy
In French with English subtitles
Nominee Golden Leopard, 2015 Locarno International Film Festival
Winner Best First Film, 2015 Prix Louis Delluc
Pierre (Melvil Poupaud), a onetime best-selling novelist, lets a duplicitous government insider (André Dussollier) tempt him into ghostwriting a manifesto designed to transform the landscape of French public opinion—a shift with risky consequences for the activist (Clémence Poésy) with whom he soon becomes involved.
Nicolas Pariser’s debut feature is an elegant political thriller.
“[The Great Game unfolds] in the same moral gray area as Michael Clayton, where ethical compromises resonate louder than gunshots.” – Variety