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A once great actor, Serge Tanneur (Fabrice Luchini), has retired from the limelight. Too much pressure meant that one day, he simply decided he would act no more. For the past three years, he has lived in solitude on the Île de Ré, spending his time cycling through the windswept landscape. Fellow actor Gauthier Valence (Lambert Wilson), whose career is flying high, is planning a production of Molière's play The Misanthrope and wants to offer Serge the role of Filinte. Gauthier is convinced he will accept, since Serge himself has become a misanthrope, withdrawn from society and raging against the world. It would be wonderful to see him return in that part. But Serge plays hard to get, first of all as he want to play the title role. Instead of committing, he suggests they rehearse together for the week. Things look to be going well, especially when a mysterious Italian divorcee (Maya Sansa) brings a romantic spark into his life. With the play's producer, Gauthier's agent and his lover ... Written by
Some friends of mine (not the youngest amongst them, to say the truth) told me this movie was nice, really worth watching. They even chuckled while quoting this title, as if recalling the movie had the effect of cheering them up. So I thought it really should be a lovely film.
I watched it with a considerable delay on its release but I don't see how this could affect the results. And the result was that what pleased them so much seemed to me a most depressing story about two friends in their sixties, whose good qualities (if they ever had any) had long vanished by now leaving them selfish and unhappy.
But what surprised me the most was that instead of treating this matter lightly, in a satirical way, the Authors wrote a pedant piece, devoid of funny ideas, as if reciting Molière's 'Le Misanthrope' (several times the same pages ) could substitute for them.
Unfortunately, on my opinion, Master's greatness didn't pass into the movie and nothing substituted for the absence of wit.
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