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Capital (2012)

Le capital (original title)
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The newly appointed CEO of a giant European investment bank works to hold on to his power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy out his company.

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Costa-Gavras

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Karim Boukercha (screenplay), Costa-Gavras (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gad Elmaleh ... Marc Tourneuil
Gabriel Byrne ... Dittmar Rigule
Natacha Régnier ... Diane Tourneuil
Céline Sallette ... Maud Baron
Liya Kebede ... Nassim
Hippolyte Girardot ... Raphaël Sieg
Daniel Mesguich ... Jack Marmande
Olga Grumberg Olga Grumberg ... Claude Marmande
Bernard Le Coq Bernard Le Coq ... Antoine de Suze
Philippe Duclos ... Jean Rameur
Yann Sundberg Yann Sundberg ... Boris Breton
Éric Naggar Éric Naggar ... Théo Craillon
John Warnaby John Warnaby ... Stanley Greenball
Jean-Marie Frin Jean-Marie Frin ... L'oncle Bruno
Bonnafet Tarbouriech ... Maître Tombière
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When the CEO of France's Phenix Bank collapses on the golf course, Machiavellian young executive Marc Tourneuil is crowned as his replacement. A whirlwind of ruthless ambition, power struggles, greed and deception ensues as Tourneuil's brutal ascent is jeopardized by a hostile takeover attempt from a large American hedge fund led by Dittmar Rigule, erotic distractions from international supermodel Nassim, and adversaries with an agenda for destruction. Written by Cohen Media Group

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Drama

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Rated R for sexual content, language and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

14 November 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Kapital See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,400, 27 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$95,272, 8 November 2013
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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In a dinner scene towards 67 minutes into the film, the liquid level in a bottle in front of Marc Tourneuil keep on changing between shots. See more »

Quotes

Marc Tourneuil: Democratizing luxury goods seems salutary to me... _I didn't know it was such fun to spout crap._... for happiness.
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Dittmar on the phone
Tous titres écrits et composées par Alban Sautour
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The French Wall Street
25 December 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

When the CEO of France's Phenix Bank collapses on the golf course, a young bank executive, (Gad Elmaleh) becomes a temporary CEO. He'd like to be permanent, but he realizes right away that there is a very different agenda in play.

An American hedge fund leader, Dittmar Rigule (Gabriel Byrne) is calling the shots and wants Phenix to purchase a worthless Japanese company, for one thing. If he does this, Phenix becomes worthless and the Americans can buy it for next to nothing.

That's just one of his problems. His enemies attempt to distract him using a gorgeous model (Liya Kebede), whom he chases around the world.

Elmaleh plays an antihero who is just as bad as everyone else with his wheeling and dealing, ambition, and disregard for the lives of others. He tells the stockholders that he is like Robin Hood, robbing from the poor to make the rich richer. It's what they all do. It's all a game, he tells someone at the end, and they're all children. They'll have fun until it all goes wrong. Meanwhile he travels, stays in the best places, and cheats on his wife.

I read a few critiques of this, that it's too light and should have been darker. But it's based on "Das Kapital" by Karl Marx and works in Marx's ideas. Some of it seems caricatured and clichéd, but it's really just drawing on an ideology put forth by Marx and Mao Tse Tung.

Like all of these corporation/banking films and documentaries, it's depressing. Last night I saw a film called "Common" where a woman's son is killed. She is getting money, but not in time to bury him, so she tries to borrow it from a bank. She can't. No, she can't, but everyone just piled money on Enron when they had nothing but dummy corporations and no product. Just threw money at them.

I have to think, as Costa-Gravas seems to, that someday this will all go amuck, though in some situations, it already has -- the housing industry, Enron, Bernie Maddock, reported to the SEC countless times, but no one could be bothered to do anything about it -- and on and on. I don't have any answers. Well, I do, actually. The answer is Greed.


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