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Bicycling with Moliere (2014)



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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
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Fabrice Luchini
as Serge Tanneur
Lambert Wilson
as Gauthier Valence
Maya Sansa
as Francesca
Camille Japy
as Christine
Annie Mercier
as Tamara
Ged Marlon
as Meynard
Stéphane Wojtowicz
as Chauffeur de taxi
Christine Murillo
as Mme Francon
Josiane Stoleru
as Raphaëlle La Puisaye
Édith Le Merdy
as Madame Bichet
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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8)

For Francophiles of a literary bent, just hearing these two actors silkily unfurling their lines will be frisson enough

Full Review… | July 1, 2014
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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As long as it's putting Moliere through a Pirandellian prism, Bicycling With Moliere is sophisticated fun.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
Orange County Register
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An amiable French buddy comedy, "Bicycling With Molière" is worth a ride.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
New York Post
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A comedy that frequently crosses the line separating breezy from flimsy, to be marginally enjoyed and then completely forgotten.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Bicycling with Moliere

The depressed, uneven, tightly-wound Serge is expertly played by Luchini. For his performance alone, this film is worth watching. The tormented and tormentor lies under the skin of this frail framed, pale-blue eyed man. Particularly when he breaks in an open and cloudless smile. Compared with him, all others fail to match up his bottled-up intensity of loving and hating humans with such equal measure. The theatrical rehearsal of Moliere's Le Misantrope is quite a treat itself. But the comedy in this film comes in the failed attempt to save the artistic soul of a happy little porn star.

Qi Zeng
Qi Zeng

An amiable movie that stays a bit too long. The performances are solid, but not special. There are a number of good laughs but the few attempts at physical humor fall flat (in an unfunny way). The women are reliably attractive and accommodating; as one expects in French cinema.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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.

Carlos Magalhães
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