The plot appears to be very simple. After the unexpected withdrawal of the initial candidate, Michel Dedieu is designated by his party to continue the presidential campaign. Dedieu, a reticent candidate, must face its adversary the popular Eric Carson during a televised debate. In order to improve Dedieu's image in front of the media, he gathers a group of advisers in a residence in province. There he has only a few days to prepare himself for the coming debate. But behind this simple plot lies a very complicated and intriguing subject. Indeed Niels Arestrup has chosen not a particularly easy subject for his first film as a director. But compared to some American movies on the subject, "The Candidate" succeeds in reflecting very well not only the French political mentality but the whole European as well. And the ups and downs of the central character, played brilliantly by the talented Yvan Attal, are revealed with such elegance that only an actor turned director could achieve. The film itself is not your usual political drama packed with fast paced dialogues and explosive scenes. It actually possesses the fine quality of a good theatrical performance which makes it an even more enjoyable viewing!