Emmanuelle Devos plays an ambitious corporate manager who aspires to be the first woman CEO of a major French company. However, when she finally gets a shot her position, she is quickly threatened by personal and political factors in this intelligent drama about corporate sexism.
"A film with enough deceit and intrigue to qualify as a light thriller, its essentially feminist message is not lost in the drama-it's only made stronger." Katie Herzog - The Stranger
Intelligent, sharp, and incredibly revealing of the dynamics of white collar gender politics, Number One is a sophisticated film that points out all the unfortunate truths of sexism in the French corporate world. Emmanuelle Devos is Emmanuelle Blachey, a strong-willed, sensible, and career-centered woman who holds a rare, powerful position as the only female executive at a prestigious French firm. She is approached by Adrienne (Francine Bergé), who believes that the times are ripe for a female CEO to enter France's CAC 40-the equivalent of the Dow Jones. If successful, Blachey would become the first female in French history to hold such immense and corporate power. Backed by a group of female lobbyists, Adrienne tells Blachey that their target is Jean Beaumel (Richard Berry), a retiring CEO of a major water distribution company called Anthea. While Blachey hesitates, a series of events leads her to change her position, forcing her to choose between career, identity, and ideals. Intelligent in dialogue and keen in performance, Number One is a film that showcases the twists and turns that all successful female leaders must endure. The film is full of nuanced moments of casual sexism that we all take for granted for not seeing, a film that, indeed, should be seen not for just its impeccable acting, but also for its message.
Tonie Marshall is a French-American actress, screenwriter, and film director. She is daughter to American actor William Marshall and French actress Micheline Presle. Her directed films include Venus Beauty Institute (1999), which won the 2000 Cesar Award for Best Film, and Nearest to Heaven (2002), which was nominated for the Golden Lion Award as best film at the Venice Film Festival. She began acting in famed French director Jacques Demy's films in the early stages of her career.
Sponsored by Alliance Francaise de Seattle, The French American School of Puget Sound, French Immersion School of WA, Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association
- Original Language Title: Numéro Une
- Director: Tonie Marshall
- Principal Cast: Emmanuelle Devos, Suzanne Clement, Richard Berry, Benjamin Biolay, Francine Bergé
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: France, Belgium
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 110 minutes
- Producer: Tonie Marshall, Véronique Zerdoun, Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Olivier Bronckart
- Screenplay: Tonie Marshall, Marion Doussot, Raphaelle Bacqué
- Cinematographers: Julien Roux
- Editors: Marie-Pierre Frappier
- Music: Mike Kourtzer, Fabien Kourtzer
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: The Missionaries (2014); Off and Running (2008); France Boutique (2003); Nearest to Heaven (2002); Venus Beauty (1999); Bastard Brood (1996); Pas tres catholique (1994); Pentimento (1989)
- Language: French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Pyramide International