Judge Jeanne Charmant Killman (Isabelle Huppert) is assigned the job of investigating a high-profile case of corruption and embezzlement at a giant state-supported company. Under her orders the CEO Michel Humeau (Francois Berleand) is taken in to custody. As her investigation gathers momentum, Killman uncovers an immense scandal reaching into the upper echelons of government. The deeper she delves and the more she uncovers, the more powerful she becomes. However, under the pressures of her sudden influence and notoriety, Killman's private life begins to unravel, and she finds herself probing both the limits of her own power and its intoxicating grip.
How often do you see credits at the BEGINNING of a film that state the film is fictional and any similarity to real characters or events is co-incidental? It's good fun spotting who the real-life characters from the French political arena are, and if you don't have a clue what I am talking about, search for Mitterrand and Chirac on-line. Very good performances from all and an enjoyable film.