Imprisoned for debt, playwright Molière is rescued by an aristocrat who needs his help in order to seduce a young marquise.

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In 1657, playwright/actor Molière, having been given a theater in the capital by the King, is back in Paris after touring the kingdom of France with his company of players. One day, a young lady asks him to follow her to the deathbed of her mother... Thirteen years earlier, Molière already runs a troupe but goes broke and is thrown to prison. Fortunately (?) his debt is covered by Monsieur Jourdain, a rich man who wants him to help him rehearse a one-act play he has written with a view to seducing a beautiful bright young widow, Célimène. As Jourdain is married to Elmire, and is the "respectable" father of two daughters his design must remain secret so Molière is introduced into the house as Tartuffe, an austere priest... Written by Guy Bellinger

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31 January 2007 (France)  »

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€16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£76,061 (UK) (13 July 2007)

Gross:

$634,277 (USA) (22 November 2007)
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Trivia

The plot of "Moliere" was actually loosely based on two of his plays, 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' and 'Tartuffe'. See more »

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Elmire Jourdain: [to Molière/Poquelin] Mr. Tartuffe, I understood long ago that men of the Church are for the most part mere actors, who endlessly repeat the same lines, with more or less conviction.
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Ah, Madame, Je vous aime!
Lyrics by Christian Daumas, music based on a 17th Century tune
Performed by Henriette Jourdain (Fanny Valette) and Valère (Gonzague Montuel)
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Molière's unknown months
24 March 2008 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

He was away for half a year and no research knows there. This is a fantasy about that period. Molière is supposed to be hired by a businessman, who wants to have a love affair with a widow. It sounds a little like one of Molière's plays.

This is candy to the eye. It certainly helps if you're familiar with Molière's work, because sometimes the lines are directly taken from them. But the original is anyway much more funny. And looks deeper into the human soul.

But this surely passes as entertainment. Especially the scene there it's proved that an man surely can make a great theatric performance, imitating different kinds of horses.


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