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Le libertin (2000)

Not Rated | | Comedy, History | 15 March 2000 (France)
The 'philosopher' (modernist intellectual of the French 18th-century Enlightenment) Denis Diderot is part of an aristocratic circle which practices the libertarian principles on the rural ... See full summary »

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Gabriel Aghion
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Perez ... Denis Diderot
Fanny Ardant ... Madame Therbouche
Josiane Balasko ... La Baronne d'Holbach
Michel Serrault ... Le Cardinal
Arielle Dombasle ... La Marquise de Jerfeuil
Christian Charmetant Christian Charmetant ... Le Marquis (Chevalier) de Jerfeuil
Françoise Lépine Françoise Lépine ... Madame Diderot
François Lalande François Lalande ... Le Baron d'Holbach
Bruno Todeschini ... Le Marquis de Cambrol
Arnaud Lemaire ... Le Marquis de Lutz
Audrey Tautou ... Julie d'Holbach
Vahina Giocante ... Angélique Diderot
Yan Duffas Yan Duffas ... Abraham
Véronique Vella Véronique Vella ... La Cousine de Jerfeuil
Eric Savin ... Le Chef de la police
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The 'philosopher' (modernist intellectual of the French 18th-century Enlightenment) Denis Diderot is part of an aristocratic circle which practices the libertarian principles on the rural castle estate of the baron of Holbach, and prints their forbidden publication, the Encyclopédie, drowning the noise of the presses in Jewish assistant Abraham's organ playing. Then arrives Madame Therbouche, a flirtatious painter, from the Prussian metropolis Berlin, and convinces Diderot to pose for her more daring then his idol fellow-philosopher Voltaire in Berlin: in the nude, leading to an animated row with his wife Antoinette, still naked except for a very unsteady sheet, all over the estate's park. Worse, the saucy scene is witnessed by a feared visitor, Holbach's brother the Cardinal, who is hunting for the illegal Encyclopaedia printers; to divert him, the baroness confesses her real and imagined sins since years and next sends in every female to do the same, later joined spontaneously by ... Written by KGF Vissers

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France

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

15 March 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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La Barque
Written and performed by Boy George
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An annoying movie
22 August 2003 | by signed_aliasSee all my reviews

This movie had the potential to be so much more with such an ensemble cast and premise. Unfortunately, from the first minutes of the movie onward, it becomes quickly self-evident that the movie is a pretentious and failed attempt at trying to be a smart comedy.

The acting was over the top, the dialog mediocre and the characters unbelievable. The humour used in the movie was only successful in a rare few instances. Mostly it just falls short of being funny and quickly becomes just plain annoying. And that's without going into the contrived twists and turns of the plot. The closing credits were a welcome relief to a very disappointing movie.


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