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Molière (2007)

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

Director:

Laurent Tirard

Writers:

Laurent Tirard (scenario), Grégoire Vigneron (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Jean-Baptiste Poquelin
Fabrice Luchini ... M. Jourdain
Laura Morante ... Elmire Jourdain
Edouard Baer ... Dorante
Ludivine Sagnier ... Célimène
Fanny Valette ... Henriette Jourdain
Gonzague Montuel Gonzague Montuel ... Valère
Gilian Petrovski Gilian Petrovski ... Thomas
Sophie-Charlotte Husson ... Madeleine Béjart
Anne Suarez ... Catherine de Brie
Annelise Hesme ... Marquise du Parc
Luc Tremblais Luc Tremblais ... Gros-René
Nicolas Vaude Nicolas Vaude ... Monsieur
Philippe du Janerand ... Bonnefoy
Isabelle Caubère Isabelle Caubère ... Toinette
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | History

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

31 January 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

As Aventuras de Molière See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,601, 29 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$634,277, 24 November 2007
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The production hired a beautiful ancient harp from the Museo dell'Arpa Victor Salvi (Italy); the harp is dated 1760, so it is actually much later than Moliere's time. See more »

Quotes

M. Jourdain: Your father said you studied law?
Thomas: Trade law, to be exact.
M. Jourdain: What a fine idea! I wanted a son to bequeath my business to.
Thomas: How is business?
M. Jourdain: I can't complain.
Thomas: You're wrong. Our laws are reprehensible. Business in France is impossible. But I have concrete ideas on ways to increase profits.
Dorante: Thomas, I fear this conversation could lead to boredom.
M. Jourdain: Not at all. Not at all. Please continue.
Thomas: For example, did you know you could save on labor costs by setting up shop in Spain, where people earn four times ...
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Connections

References Molière (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Characters in search of an author.
9 September 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This movie is a true delight for Moliere's fans.A good knowledge of his plays is useful but the screenplay is strong enough to grab someone who is not particularly interested in them.The story is essentially based on "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme" (aka "the middle class gentleman" ) and "Tartuffe" with elements borrowed from "Le Misanthrope" ,"Les Femmes Savantes" ,"L'Avare " and "Les Fourberies De Scapin" .Now the lines are directly taken from the writer ,now they are written in his style .Each character represents two or three other characters:the wonderful Fabrice Lucchini is Monsieur Jourdain and Orgon,Romain Duris is Molière and Tartuffe ,Laura Morante is Elmire and Madame Jourdain and the excellent Edouard Baer ,Dorante ,Alceste and some kind of "Grand Turc" .

Agatha Christie disappeared when her husband left her and as nobody knew what she did in those days they made a movie about it in the late seventies ("Agatha" ,Michael Apted).So why not Molière?In France ,some critics such as the reliable Claude Bouliq Mercier slagged off Tirard's movie ,proving that they can be prodigious snobs themselves sometimes;of course they spoke in the name of culture,of art ,of Molière -who -was one-more-time-betrayed ,they do not have any sense of humor.

Molière meeting his famous characters before writing his plays (after all they were inspired by the society he lived in) is pure fiction,and should not be taken too seriously:hence the failure with the French intellectual audience who praises to the skies any sequence of Woody Allen's films .I remember a teacher who could captivate his class with "Le Misanthrope" .He often made us laugh .I remembered him when I was watching"Molière" ,particularly the so-called "scene des Petits Marquis " updated by Celimène/Dorimène .Thank you,Mr Tirard.

NB :should not be mistaken for Ariane Mnouchkine's eponymous work (1978)


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