In this flashback, we are unsure whether the events truly happened or are Molière's dramatized version of the events. This gives the set decorators and costumers full rein to go over-the-top in recreating the 17th-Century. It also allows the actors the opportunity to push realism into farce. The Director and co-Scriptwriter, Laurent Tirard walks this tightrope deliciously. He is aided by tour-de-force performances by Romain Duris as Molière (Tartuffe), Fabrice Luchini as the bumbling nouveau riche Jourdain, and Laura Morante as his wife and Tartuffe's lover, Elmire. The highlight is Duris' improv performances as varieties of horses as he gives Jourdain acting lessons.
Gorgeously photographed in period locations, with the pristine opulence of the rich contrasted with the gritty squalor of the players' lives. Molière gives us a taste of both Molière's life and his art. Bravo!
That's exactly it.
Pretty witty, and I thought that the acting was top notch, which I don't like throwing around. A fairly predictable plot line, but it wasn't supposed to be some great narrative or intricate crime drama. It set out to be, and successfully was, a tragic comedy.
A directed Moliere's work I thoroughly enjoyed this film!