Paul Théraneau, the mayor of Lyon, is in existential crisis. After 30 years in politics, he feels totally empty and devoid of ideas. As a fix for this problem, his aides bring a brilliant young philosopher, Alice Heimann, into his inner circle. A dialogue develops between Alice and the mayor and the two become closer, which calls into question everything they were most sure of. Gradually, the inevitable question arises: are philosophy and political necessity compatible?
- Europa Cinemas Label Award - Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
- Anaïs Demoustier
- Antoine Reinartz
- Fabrice Luchini
- Léonie Simaga
- Nora Hamzawi
- Nicolas Pariser
- Sébastien Buchmann
- Christel Dewynter
- Benjamin Esdraffo
- BAC FILMS
A very clever and quirky political comedy with brilliant performances.
Rewarding as a filmgoing experience and as a defence of smart people in civic roles who are still capable of distanced irony.
Born in Paris in 1974, Nicolas Pariser studied law, philosophy, art history and film before starting his career as a film critic for the magazine "Sofa". He then worked for director Pierre Rissient for four years. In 2008, he directed his first short film, LE JOUR OU SEGOLENE A GAGNE and one year later, the medium-length, THE REPUBLIC, recipient of the Jean Vigo award 2010. In 2013, his short AGIT POP was selected at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. THE GREAT GAME, his debut feature film, got selected for Locarno Film Festival in 2015. His latest feature film ALICE AND THE MAYOR (2019) premiered at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.