The Minister

The Minister


Pierre Schoeller

With: Olivier Gourmet, Michel Blanc, Zabou Breitman

The Minister for Transport, Bertrand Saint-Jean, is woken in the middle of the night by his personal private secretary. A bus has crashed into a ravine. Thus begins the odyssey of a State official through an increasingly complex and hostile world. Speed, power struggles, chaos, economic crisis… In the frantic chain of events, one emergency replaces another. What sacrifices are men ready to accept? How long will they last in a government that devours those who serve it?

Festivals & Awards

Festival de Cannes 2011 – Un Certain Regard

César Award 2021 – Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound & Best Original Screenplay





Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet gives a solid performance in director-screenwriter Pierre Schoeller’s film.

Hollywood Reporter

The Minister is well-paced, hustling and bustling through events whilst deploying some jaunty stylistic touches.

Screen International

“The Minister” stands as that rare project that sees past the cliches of politics, paying the world respect through its elegant widescreen lensing and score.


Original title: L'Exercice de l'Etat

Production: Archipel 35 - Les Films du Fleuve - France 3 - Cinéma RTBF

Nationality: France - Belgium

Year of production: 2011

Running time: 112'

Language: French

Ratio: 2.35






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