Number One / Numéro Une

 Offensive language

Director: Tonie Marshall
Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Richard Berry, Suzanne Clément, Sami Frey, Benjamin Biolay, Francine Bergé, Anne Azoulay, John Lynch
Country: France, Belguim
Language: French with English subtitles
Year of production: 2017
Genre: Political thriller
Duration: 110 min
Festivals: Toronto International Film Festival 2017

“A battle for power in a world of male leaders.” Télérama

Synopsis

Emmanuelle Blachey is a brilliant and determined engineer who has risen up through the ranks of her company — a major French energy firm — and now sits on the board of directors. When an influential women’s network approaches her to take the lead of one of the stock exchange’s top companies, things quickly change around Emmanuelle. The opportunity to become the first woman in this prestigious position is a challenge the business woman is ready to undertake, but competing in a realm still largely dominated by men is no mean feat. The ambitious woman must marshal her forces to overcome the hurdles of the milieu, including corporate sexism and personal demons in order to take part in the ruthless race for power.

An excellent cast carries a suspenseful plot in this corporate thriller of political intrigue and economic power, where Emmanuelle Devos brilliantly plays a woman fighting her way in a male dominated world. Her nuanced performance as a determined but also fragile human being recalls other recent French thrillers — such as 150 Milligrams (2017 AFFFF) — that are as much an insight into the world of big corporations as a modern portrayal of a woman’s personal journey and fight for her ideals.

The Parisian suburb of La Défense — the city’s major business district and economic power centre — with its monstrous glass and steel towers impressively offers a menacing visual backdrop to Devos’ character.

Trailer

Screenings

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AUCKLAND – RIALTO CINEMAS NEWMARKET
Sat 3 March 4:10 pm
Thu 8 March 6:40 pm
Mon 12 March 3:30 pm
Wed 21 March 6:00 pm

AUCKLAND – BERKELEY CINEMAS TAKAPUNA
Mon 5 March 6:10 pm
Sat 10 March 3:30 pm
Wed 14 March 8:30 pm
Mon 19 March 10:30 am

CHRISTCHURCH – HOYTS RICCARTON
Thu 8 March 1:30 pm
Wed 14 March 8:10 pm
Mon 19 March 6:00 pm
Fri 23 March 10:30 am

WELLINGTON – EMBASSY THEATRE
Thu 8 March 8:20 pm D
Thu 15 March 10:30 am D
Tue 20 March 6:25 pm E
Wed 28 March 1:30 pm D

NEW PLYMOUTH – EVENT CINEMAS
Fri 9 March 10:30 am
Tue 13 March 6:15 pm

NELSON – SUTER THEATRE
Fri 16 March 1:00 pm
Tue 20 March 6:00 pm
Tue 27 March 3:40 pm

TIMARU – MOVIE MAX DIGITAL
Tue 20 March 5:15 pm
Sat 24 March 8:30 pm

TAURANGA – RIALTO CINEMAS
Thu 22 March 6:00 pm
Wed 28 March 11:00 am

HAVELOCK NORTH – EVENT CINEMAS
Fri 23 March 1:10 pm
Tue 27 March 6:00 pm
Sun 1 April 1:00 pm

DUNEDIN – RIALTO CINEMAS
Sat 31 March 4:10 pm
Tue 3 April 6:10 pm

HAMILTON – LIDO CINEMA
Tue 27 March 11:00 am
Mon 9 April 6:00 pm

ARROWTOWN – DOROTHY BROWNS
Fri 6 April 3:30 pm
Tue 10 April 11:00 am

PALMERSTON NORTH – EVENT CINEMAS
Fri 6 April 1:25 pm
Tue 10 April 6:00 pm
Mon 16 April 1:00 am

AKAROA CINEMA CINE-CAFE
Sun 8 April 1:45pm

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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