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Capital (2012)

Gabriel Byrne , Gad Elmaleh , Costa-Gavras  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Gabriel Byrne, Gad Elmaleh, Celine Sallette
  • Directors: Costa-Gavras
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Cohen Media Group
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,212 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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film July 6, 2014
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Fast paced, intelligent exploration of the corruption of the banking system. Fascinating, well acted,. I have seen it twice already and will probably see it again. Focuses on the power wars within a french bank. The central character is the new CEO. This is a thriller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Costa-Gravas vs. Oliver Stone December 18, 2013
Comparing Capital to Wall Street is no contest. Capital wins hands down.

Not that this movie can be a guide for reality. Costa-Gravas knows more about the financial world than Oliver Stone about finance, but that is like saying that 459 degrees below zero Fahrenheit is more than Absolute Zero. Unlike Stone, Costa-Gravas has a solid understanding of what insider trading is, but that's about it. His main beef about banks seems to be that they make you pay them back. I'm not exaggerating.

But Costa-Gravas is a consummate film maker whereas Stone is nothing more than a crude propagandist, whose audience consists of nincompoops. Costa-Gravas knows how to make even his villains into real people, how to create a stunning mise-en-scene, how to write a plot that moves. Le Capital is worth seeing even if you find the politics distasteful (as I do). Even his wrongheadedness makes you stop and think for a minute.

What's more, you will be greatly entertained.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars July 12, 2014
Spoken language not English. Did not look at the whole movie.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A dreadful movie February 15, 2014
Sadly, this is a dreadful movie that is without any redeeming qualities. It will likely soon be forgotten from Costa Gavras' overall amazing body of work. But before I get there, let me first state that I love Costa Gavras's movies in general. I've seen most of his major films, and in my opinion, among a magnificent overall body of work he's made three brilliant masterpieces: Z, Missing, and The Music Box. And this is in addition to a lot of other memorable movies, including State of Siege, Mad City, and Le Couperet, and even Hannah K (a troubled movie that's far from a great film, but which still has stayed with me all these years).

Reportedly this is to be Costa Gavras' final film. And he's made what's unfortunately his wost movie among the films of his that I've seen. My spouse and I both hated it and found it unbearable to sit through.

The problem: The script was written by people who know nothing of what they write, who are not from the world in which the film takes place, and are simply using their imaginations of what it's like. The scriptwriters wanted to explore a subject and make a point--and it's a subject worth exploring and a point worth making. But they're writing about situations and characters that they likely don't personally know (and if they've done research on the subject, their research misses it by a mile), and writing about a world that they likely have never been in and really have no idea how it internally functions, how the people within it behave, how they talk to one another, etc. There's no credibility to any of it.

I know that world and I know these people, including how they behave, talk, etc. There's not a ring of truth to any of this.
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