The day is May 6, 2007, France's run-up to the presidential elections. As the French people are getting ready to go to the polls to elect their new president, presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy has shut himself away in his home. Though Sarkozy soon learns he has won the election, he is alone, gloomy and despondent. For hours he has been trying to reach his wife, Cecilia, to no avail. The last five years start to unfurl before our eyes, recounting Sarkozy's unstoppable ascent to power, riddled with in-party backstabbing, media manipulation, riots, sarcastic confrontations and extra-marital affairs. THE CONQUEST chronicles the volatile right-leaning Sarkozy's startling rise to become President of France and the emotional and psychological stakes involving the conquest of power. On the day the diminutive Sarkozy conquered his ultimate ambition, his wife - who for twenty years had struggled to pull the man she loved from the shadow into the light - walked out on him for another man.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Pic takes genre helmer Xavier Durringer back to his theater roots, with most of the narrative mayhem and laughs coming from pic's sharp dialogue and strong work by seasoned thesps, who just manage to avoid caricature.Boyd van Hoeij, Variety, 11.07.2011
A smart, involving and strikingly adult drama about Sarkozy's rise to power...Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 11.10.2011
Aided by an excellent ensemble cast, director Xavier Durringer and his co-scripter, Patrick Rotman, don't refrain from showing this truly repellent side of Sarko during his rise from minister of justice in 2002 to the highest elected office.Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, 11.08.2011
Only intermittently rises above the tone of an arch, sniping drawing-room comedy peopled with mild caricatures.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 11.10.2011