Chicago European Union Film Festival 2018
Chicago premiere!

Number One

Numéro une

2017, Tonie Marshall, France, 110 min. With Emmanuelle Devos, Suzanne Clément.

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 18th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Mar 19th 6:00pm

"Wielding an entertainingly sharp narrative scalpel throughout incident-rich NUMBER ONE, Tonie Marshall posits that women getting promoted solely on merit is a quaint notion...This lively and suspenseful ensemble film features a wonderfully modulated turn from Emmanuelle Devos." - Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily

Like CATCH THE WIND (playing March 9 & 14), NUMBER ONE serves as an example of the meaty, unconventional roles available to mature actresses in recent French cinema. César-nominated Devos (READ MY LIPS, KINGS AND QUEEN) plays an ambitious and highly effective senior executive in a sustainable energy company who is scouted by a feminist caucus to vie for a job that would make her the first-ever female CEO of a CAC 40 (the French equivalent of Dow Jones) company. At first, she is reluctant to "play the feminist card," but, with the glass ceiling looming in her present position, she throws her hat in the ring. Her decision plunges her into a ruthless arena of corporate hardball, filled with dirty tricks, blackmail, and character assassination. Drawing upon real-life models, director Marshall (VENUS BEAUTY) and her screenwriters do a superb job of dramatizing the games that a woman must play (and put up with) as the only female in the boardroom, further complicated by responsibilities of marriage and motherhood. In French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Pyramide Films. DCP digital. (MR)

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