Director: Patrick Rotman
Cast: François Hollande
Country: France, 2013
Duration: 105 minutes
For the first time ever, renowned documentary-maker Patrick Rotman exclusively films the everyday tasks and responsibilities of the French President of the Republic, François Hollande.
The film delves deep into the heart of the opulent Elysée Palace as never seen before. Spectators are invited to take part in strategic meetings with the President, the preparation of international summits, and one-on-ones with Hollande and his international ministers.
“A film of observation rather than of juicy revelations,” the film suggests what the day-to-day practice of a French president is like, as well as how Hollande makes the role his own. He’s well-prepared, has a clever sense of humour, and is quiet and calm with an authoritative undertone.
Thanks to the filmmaker’s seamless ‘fly on the wall’ approach, viewers almost forget they are watching the President, and will feel they are merely witnessing a fascinating snapshot of the life of a polished professional. Rotman’s enthralling documentary is a revealing and intimate portrait of power, determination and responsibility.