CYCLING WITH MOLIÈRE [Alceste à bicyclette]
Philippe Le Guay (THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR; THE COST OF LIVING) reunites with star Fabrice Luchini in this inspired comic riff on the acting profession, actorly egos and the genius of Molière. Gauthier Valence (Lambert Wilson – OF GODS AND MEN) has become rich and famous playing a heroic brain surgeon on TV, but longs to return to the stage. Seeking out reclusive stage legend Serge Tanneur (Luchini) on the rainswept Ile de Ré, Valence pitches the prickly thespian on his passion project: a staging of Molière's "The Misanthrope," with the two actors trading off the parts of the disruptive, pessimistic Alceste and the kind-hearted, conciliatory Philinte nightly. Tanneur, a maniac for Molière, cautiously agrees to rehearse with Valence, and the two embark on a week of wildly inventive, occasionally confrontational creative work. But who's directing whom–and will the show actually go on?
DIR/SCR Philippe Le Guay; PROD Anne-Dominique Toussaint. France, 2013, color, 101 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED S L
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