Comedy of Power

Comedy of Power

Film poster
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Produced by Françoise Galfré
Written by Claude Chabrol
Odile Barski
Starring Isabelle Huppert
Music by Matthieu Chabrol
Cinematography Eduardo Serra
Edited by Monique Fardoulis
Distributed by Pan-Européenne
Release dates
  • 16 February 2006 (2006-02-16) (Berlin)
  • 22 February 2006 (2006-02-22) (France)
Running time
110 minutes
Country France
Language French

Comedy of Power (French: L'Ivresse du pouvoir) is a 2006 French drama film directed by Claude Chabrol and starring Isabelle Huppert.[1] The French title, which sums up the whole story, means “drunk with power”.


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. Scott, A. O. "NY Times: Comedy of Power". NY Times. Retrieved 30 May 2010.

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