The film Arlette by Mariloup Wolfe is made for controversy. Maripier Morin, still lugging his past sexual misconduct with Safia Nolin in his pocket, does indeed star.
She plays Arlette Saint-Amour, a fashion journalist catapulted into politics by the prime minister, who, in order to “rejuvenate” his government’s worn image, appoints her “star” as culture minister.
He will also use it as a weapon of massive political seduction to neutralize his all-powerful Treasury Secretary, a narcissistic business parrot whose ambition is to soon succeed Prime Minister.
The election of Maripier Morin will shock many as the empathy is due to his sacrifice. Still, I wanted to see the film mostly because of its subject matter and purpose. I was curious about this as a political analyst and in another life as a former adviser to the prime minister.
Filmed in the National Assembly and written by Marie Vien, former press secretary for former Culture Minister Liza Frulla, ArletteI’m sure it’s worth the detour.
Without having the cruel sophistication of a Denys Arcand consolation and indifference or the daring onirism of a Luc Dionne in Bunker, the circus, Arlette is nonetheless a political fable of sophisticated complexity.
The image of power
It is about the power of the image in politics and thus about the image of power. The unequal position of women despite real progress. Political, but often bitter interpersonal power struggles.
She defends the crucial importance of culture and its craftsmen, but also the eternal imbalance of state budgets. She openly blames neoliberalism for the long slaughter in our educational and healthcare networks.
For anyone who has worked at the top of Quebec’s political pyramid, we also recognize some classic traits of certain chiefs of staff, press attachés, deputy ministers, journalists, etc.
It even shows the remuneration far exceeding their salaries, which are lower than that of a CEO but still mitigate the “crazy lives” of ministers and the prime minister. Including their access to the best wines, best restaurants, best hotels, etc.
salvation and hope
Paradoxically, Arlette is also a story of redemption and hope. Hope in politics and the people who, when it does, choose it as a vehicle for positive change. Therein lies the moral of the fable ofArlette comes in three stages.
First, there are battles worth fighting even at the “Court of Versailles” – a metaphor in – Arlett for the supreme power held by each prime minister in our parliamentary system.
Second, it happens that “star” recruits turn out to be perfectly capable, but on condition that they have the support of the prime minister. Third, in politics, as in life, the picture is often misleading.
In short, as the late Jacques Parizeau so aptly said: “Politics as a profession is oppressive, with its complicated interpersonal relationships. I always said it was an “ocean of toes”. But if you want to change something, it’s inevitable, you have to do politics. »