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



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In 1645, the French playwright and actor Jean-Baptiste Poquelin -- better known as Molière -- mysteriously disappeared for several weeks, and this lavish comedy drama imagines a scenario that could explain what may have happened to him. At this time, Molière (Romain Duris) is touring the French countryside with his traveling theater company, and he's yet to be recognized as one of the continent's great authors (or achieve significant financial success). Molière is put in jail after skipping out on some unpaid debts, but is freed after his fine is paid by two strangers. Molière discovers his benefactors are acting on behalf of Jourdain (Fabrice Luchini), a very wealthy man who has a beautiful wife, Elmire (Laura Morante) and two lovely daughters. However, Jourdain has fallen head over heels for Celimene (Ludivine Sagnier), a gorgeous widow, and he's written a short play in order to demonstrate his feelings for her. Jourdain needs someone to help him polish his script and serve as an acting coach, and he's recruited Molière for the job. Needing the money, Moliere accepts, but he poses as a man of the cloth, Monsieur Tartuffe, to keep his identity a secret. Molière soon realizes that Jourdain's talent exists only in the rich man's imagination, and that Jourdain already has a rival for Celimene's affections, the charming but duplicitous Dorante (Edouard Baer). Molière was written and directed by Laurent Tirard. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Romain Duris
as Jean-Baptiste Poquelin
Fabrice Luchini
as M. Jourdain
Laura Morante
as Elmire Jourdain
Fanny Valette
as Henriette Jourdain
Sophie-Charlotte Husson
as Madeleine Bejart
Arié Elmaleh
as Dancing Master
Eric Berger
as Painting Master
Anne Suarez
as Catherine de Brie
Annelise Hesme
as Marquise du Parc
Luc Tremblais
as Gros-Rene
Wilfred Benaiche
as Jean Poquelin
François Civil
as Louis Bejart
Francis Van Litsenborgh
as Notaire Dorante
Yves Robin
as Huissier Delbosc
François Toumarkine
as Huissier Missonnier
Isabelle Vitari
as Precieuse 1
Caroline Gillain
as Louison Jourdain at 21
Jean-Claude Jay
as Charles Dufresne
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Critic Reviews for Molière

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (27)

  • Director and cowriter Laurent Tirard are clearly under the sway of Shakespeare in Love, but the talented Duris is miscast as the wily Moliere, and Moliere has none of Shakespeare's giddy charm.

    Aug 24, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • An extravagant and thoroughly irresistible story of intrigue, romance, comedy and artistic inspiration.

    Aug 23, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Lost in the exercise is any insight into Molière's writing or any relevance to today, making his achievements seem more frivolous -- and considerably less amusing -- than they actually were.

    Aug 17, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • Like the playwright's comedies, at its best Moliere shows the depths beneath the archetypes.

    Aug 16, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Woefully miscast as the seminal 17th-century French farceur Molière, the intense, black-maned young French movie star Romain Duris never seems more comfortable than the brief moments when he's rotting in a dank jail.

    Aug 10, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • In making a comedy about a writer famed for his perfectly tuned wit, the filmmakers have inspired other expectations. The result is as off-putting as biting into a confection in which the sugar has been replaced by salt.

    Aug 10, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4

Audience Reviews for Molière

  • 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
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • 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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