Bicycling with Moliere (2014)
A warm, funny, literate comedy in which two French actors portray two French actors, friends at odds with one another in every possible way, except their love of Molière's The Misanthrope. Lambert Wilson (OF GODS AND MEN) plays Gauthier, tall, handsome, and the beneficiary of a leading role in a ridiculous soap opera as a beloved cosmetic surgeon who "saves lives." Fabrice Luchini (who previously worked with Le Guay in WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR) as Serge has met with much less success, becoming a middle-aged curmudgeon who has renounced the stage to live on the glorious île de Ré, off France's Atlantic coast. Gauthier arrives on Serge's turf to try to convince his pal (Luchini, in real life, a Molière expert) to return to Paris to play opposite him in a new production. When not arguing or rehearsing scenes while biking, they consider their options as personified by a local porn actress and an attractive Italian divorcée, as well as the lure of island real estate. (c) Strand … More
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Critic Reviews for Bicycling with Moliere
A cosy, middlebrow showcase for its stars to practise theatrical verse and fall off their bikes.
Bicycling with Molière is a droll, intellectual delight, and probably one for Francophiles who have at least a vague knowledge of Molière's play The Misanthrope.
Cycling with Molière gives us both a French-language fest and acting fireworks.
A sporadically enjoyable folie à deux; flippantly erudite, forgettably frothy.
Some of the slapstick feels forced, but Le Guay's intertextual wit is as sharp as the performances.
It is urbane and watchable, if occasionally flimsy and lightweight, often seeming to bowl aimlessly about, like the two leads on their rickety bicycles.
The great Fabrice Luchini adds a caustic spark to this minor-key, putting-on-a-play comedy.
Thank God, or the Comédie-Française, whichever is older and senior, that good French performers still know how to make ancient French literature come alive - just about - for the popcorn crowd.
It trundles past amiably, ting-a-linging its bell, with the duck pond dead ahead.
For Francophiles of a literary bent, just hearing these two actors silkily unfurling their lines will be frisson enough
It's not a profound film, but the hamathon between old and new thespian styles is nicely observed, if forgettable.
Beautifully performed by its two leads, Cycling With Molière is a comic treat.
This may be a buddy comedy on its surface, but "Bicycling With Molière" also gives some insight into the way art imitates life, and also the way life informs art.
It deals lightly with topics like ego, friendship, rivalry and love, and it does so within the context of an exploration of the personal and professional lives of a pair of actors.
As long as it's putting Moliere through a Pirandellian prism, Bicycling With Moliere is sophisticated fun.
An amiable French buddy comedy, "Bicycling With Molière" is worth a ride.
Bicycling With Molière lacks the roughness of real life, or even the expressiveness of cinema. It plays like theater-and dinner theater at that.
Audience Reviews for Bicycling with Moliere
A light and charming comedy that may be a bit irregular and not very well focused but has some nice dialogue and good moments of humor - and along the rehearsal of Molière's work by the leads we are given a decent exploration of the nuances in the interaction between them.More
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