VIFF 2012 review: The Minister
France is usually depicted as one of the twin pillars of the euro zone, a sort of anti-Greece. Not in this agate-eyed drama from Pierre Schöller, however. In The Minister, statecraft is reduced to damage control, spin-doctoring, petty ambitions, and the art of the impossible. Olivier Gourmet shines in the central role of a functionary who gradually devolves into a dysfunctionary. Admirably tough-minded.
Granville, September 28 (9 p.m.) and 30 (11:40 a.m.), October 4 (11:40 a.m.)