Molière

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Moliere is a sophisticated, witty biopic of the great satirist.

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In 17th-century France, playwright and actor Molière (Romain Duris) has his debts paid off by Monsieur Jourdain (Fabrice Luchini), freeing him from debtors prison. In return, Jourdain asks for acting lessons so he can win the heart of the beautiful widow Célimène (Ludivine Sagnier) by performing a short play for her. Presented to Jourdain's family as the priest Tartuffe, Molière begins to fall in love with Monsieur Jourdain's disregarded wife, Elmire (Laura Morante).

Cast & Crew

Romain Duris
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin dit Molière
Laura Morante
Elmire Jourdain
Édouard Baer
Dorante
Fanny Valette
Henriette Jourdain
Mélanie Dos Santos
Louison Jourdain enfant
Sophie-Charlotte Husson
Madeleine Béjart
Arié Elmaleh
Le maître de danse
Eric Berger
Le maître de peinture
Grégoire Vigneron
Writer
Gilles Henry
Cinematographer
Françoise Dupertuis
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Critic Reviews for Molière

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  • Jan 05, 2010
    didn't think i'd like it and i did! it has a playful atmosphere to it, whimsical maybe? there's also some good acting in it
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  • Jun 28, 2009
    Moliere was a nice, gentle, warm comedy, with moments of great hilarity and sadness.The original idea of the movie was quite seducing, showing us part of Molière's life as if he were in a Molière's play. This fictional biography was what Molière had meet in his youth and all the characters he used as figures to his future plays. I found the film a little long for what's it's worth. Some scenes were not needed and still they last forever and some unfunny situations were too long revealed. Example the love story of the daughter of the family, was predictable and boring. This film is not for everyone, but if you like French humor and a little romance you really can't go wrong with Moliere.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2008
    Visually stunning, yet more than seeing Moliere's life, the movie presents how he created his play <i>Tartuffe</i>, which, according to the movie, it's based on his own experience. Sort of a mix between <i>Shakespeare in Love</i> and <i>Finding Neverland</i>. It's still very enjoyable, and it's such a feast to the eyes and ears...
    Liolia K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2008
    As someone else said somewhere, magnifique! This was like watching a Moliere play. All of the elements he later used are here. The actor disguised as a priest. The dilletante husband. The beautiful wife. The tutors for every subject then in vogue. The daughter who secretly loves the boy next door. The servants who turn a blind eye to the shenanigans around them. It's all there. As was shown at the end, after Moliere toured the countryside for many years, he returned to Paris and staged the comedic plays that this movie posits he lived during the historically unexplained absence of two years. Watch this and you may learn more about Moliere and his plays than you realize.
    Mark A Super Reviewer

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