A formidable retired prime minister returns to the fray to prevent his corrupt former protégé from being appointed to head the French government. As played by the great Jean Gabin, Prime Minister Beaufort is a lion in winter: armed with devastating quips and unshakable integrity, he fights for his ideals and his country despite the encroachment of old age.
Based on a novel by George Simenon, The President is a highly entertaining meditation on the nature of politics, full of white-knuckle political showdowns and the kind of private moments that are generally lost to history.
Part of CinéSalon series Liberté, Égalité, Fantasy: French Politics on Film
7:30pm screening introduced by Rick MacArthur, director of Harper’s Magazine and columnist at Devoir in Montréal
Enjoy conversation, wine, and beer after both screenings