The Outsider

From The Distrib Films Collection

Directed by Christophe Barratier

117 minutes / Color
French / English subtitles
Release: 2018

film stillBefore the subprime mortgage crisis began unfolding in 2008, causing chaos in world markets and misery among millions of homeowners, another financial apocalypse was already underway at one of France’s most prestigious banks. And only one man, a young trader, is the alleged responsible for the first and most extravagant in a series of scandals that will shake the financial markets worldwide: Jérôme Kerviel. Indeed, the biggest banking loss of its kind in history (almost 5 billion Euros) is discovered at the French bank Société Générale and soon attributed to this quiet, low-profile, 31 years old employee…

Hired as a simple clerk at the same bank, 8 years before, no one could have predicted that Jérôme Kerviel would go so far, so fast. He became the star of the trading floor, nicknamed “the cash machine” by his colleagues.

When all was said and done, the bank suffered a loss of €4.9 billion and Kerviel was fired, sued, arrested and imprisoned, becoming the most famous Frenchman to ever sit in front of a Bloomberg Terminal and pay the price for it.

Christophe Barratier (The Chorus) tells the true story of France’s greatest financial scandal.

"Slick and entertaining dramedy—and certainly the only film about French stock traders to hold any sustained interest."The Hollywood Reporter

"Slick, full of energy, and cracks along at a fine pace." —French Cinema Review

"A charismatic central performance."The MacGuffin

"It's a useful contribution to the set of films telling the story of the financial crises of the early 21st Century." Eye For Film

"The Outsider is yet another necessary lesson in why the world's financial sector so desperately needs those very regulations that seem to be currently disappearing." —TrustMovies

"Compelling and informative." —Unreal TV

"Spellbinding drama... The Outsider is entertaining, while also serving up an effective warning on the dangers of unregulated financial services practices. Reccomended!" —Video Librarian

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A film by Christophe Barratier
Starring Arthur Dupont, François-Xavier Demaison, and Sabrina Ouazani

Select Accolades

  • 2016 Brussels European Film Festival
  • 2016 Hong Kong – FCP


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