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Capital [Blu-ray] (2012)

Gabriel Byrne , Gad Elmaleh , Costa-Gavras  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gabriel Byrne, Gad Elmaleh, Celine Sallette
  • Directors: Costa-Gavras
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Cohen Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JEEZSAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,622 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When the CEO of the giant 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 Tourneuils rise to power is jeopardized by a hostile takeover attempt from a large American hedge fund, erotic distractions from an international supermodel, and adversaries with an agenda for destruction.

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4.0 out of 5 stars "Money isn't a tool, it's the master" November 10, 2013
Format:DVD
Capital (2012 release from France; 110 min.) brings the story of how Marc Tourneuil (played by Gad Elmaleh) becomes the CEO of Phenix Bank, an investment bank in Paris which its single largest shareholder, a hedge fund In Miami led by Dittmar Rigule (played byGabriel Byrne) feels can be more profitable by cutting costs, firing staff and selling new financial products. At one point a banker asks the CEO "what exactly are we selling?", to which the CEO responds "I don't know, I thought you knew!". Later in the movie Dittmar is urging the CEO to buy Matzuko, a badly performing bank in Japan, and the CEO smells trouble. To tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first and foremost, this movie is directed (and co-written) by Costa-Gavras, he of that great political thriller "Z" from the late 60s, yes more than 40 years ago. He is now 80 (a young 80, I might add) and still going strong. If Costa-Gavras is involved in a project like this, you can pretty much predict what the tone of the movie is going to be like (similar to Oliver Stone's take on, say, Wall Street). And indeed, in the eyes of Costa-Gavras, there isn't a single decent person in the financial and banking industry (Dittmar at one point blurts out "money isn't a tool, it's the master!"). Yet despite all that, I was pleasantly surprised how entertaining this movie was, in particular in the second half when the big picture emerges as to what the hedge fund is really trying to do. Second, the acting performances are quite good. Besides the already mentioned Elmaleh and Byrne, there are some smaller choice roles as well. Check out in particular Liya Kebede as the gorgeous looking love interest of the CEO.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robin Hood To The Rich September 1, 2014
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This film reminds me of 'Arbitrage' with Richard Gere. Both Gere's character, and Marc Tourneuil, this film's protagonist are in it for the money. No good thing goes undone, here.

Tourneuil promoted to CEO of thevPhenix Bank when the present CEO develops cancer is very much aware he is to be the 'place maker' until the bank's board finds someone they really want. However, Tourneuil is not to be outdone. He discovers there are many who want to control him such as Gabriel Byrne's character who lures him to Miami to give him the lowdown of what is to be done. Tourneuil, however, is no fool and his plans have him staying at Phenix.

Everyone around him have their own ideas,mhis wife, the Board, his colleagues, everyone. However, Tourneuil is greedy, and he plans the play. Gad Elmaleh plays Marc Tourneuil, and I looked him up. He is known as a comedian in Morroco, but as we see, comedians often make the best actors. The film felt too long in some places, but kept my interest for the most part.

Recommended. prisrob 09-01-14
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4.0 out of 5 stars Familiar Subject Crisply Handled August 7, 2014
Format:DVD
LE CAPITAL is an interesting film to compare with Martin Scorsese's
WOLF OF WALL STREET, released a year later. Both contain similar
subject-matter (the rapacity of the modern-day banking world) inspired
by recent events in major financial centers such as London, Paris and
New York. Nonetheless Costa-Gavras' film works much better as an
indictment of contemporary greed as compared to Scorsese's. There are
several reasons for this: unlike Leonardo DiCaprio in the Scorsese
work, Marc Tourneuil (Gad Elmaleh) is a genuinely unsympathetic central
character. His expression (in public, at least) seldom changes as he
ruthlessly consolidates his position as CEO of Phenix Bank, a
Paris-based institution with aspirations to participate on the world
stage. Anyone getting in his way is ruthlessly brushed aside; even
those who support him in his quest for power are not exempt. His
personal life is treated equally ruthlessly - although married to Diane
(Natacha Régnier), he shows no scruples in his relentless pursuit of
supermodel Nassim (Liya Kebede), even though she strings him along with
equal ruthlessness. At the same time Marc is well aware that he is
putting on an act; there are several moments where he uses voice-over
to communicate his true feelings to the audience, and he sometimes
addresses them direct to camera. He is nothing more than a prisoner of
ambition; in the dog-eat-dog world of high finance, he has to play the
game, however much he dislikes it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So, there is to be nothing socially redeeming in this? August 20, 2014
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I've read that film studios used to insist on a love story subplot in the likes of Marx Brothers comedies to give the audience something socially redeeming. To this day, you may see a movie with a romance to broaden audience appeal as opposed to being anything essential to the narrative.

However, as the sparks fly between investment banker Marc Tourneuil and famous model Nassim when they meet in the 2012 thriller CAPITAL, no redemption or happy ending is to be the result. Suddenly ascending to the position of bank C.E.O., Marc, the lead character, does not seem to realize he's becoming what he despises, his actions culminating in his behavior toward the model. Nassim, who could very well be anything any of us wants, may as well be just another object of hostile takeover. Not a plot device or even an excuse to give the audience a romance just in case it does not care for the main story, the CAPITAL Marc-Nassim relationship proves symbolic of all one needs to understand about today's financial world. When certain individuals want to own something, they proceed as if their desire for it means it's already theirs.

See CAPITAL.
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