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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:

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Certificate:

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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 opening scene of this gorgeous movie was filmed in Marie Antoinette's tiny private opera house, known as The Queen's Theatre, located at The Petite Trianon at Versailles. However, The Queen's Theatre was not constructed until 1780 - so approximately 122 years later than this film's opening scene time period of 1658. The Queen's Theatre can also be seen prominently in Marie Antoinette (2006). See more »

Quotes

Célimène: What angel sent you to make us laugh like this? We're so dreadfully starved for entertainment.
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin: What, madame? I thought the greatest minds jostled their way in here.
Célimène: If you knew what we endured. It's often a draw between boredom and the grotesque. People jostle, yes, only to declare their unwanted passion. Like that poor Mr. Jourdain.
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin: Mr. Jourdain, you say?
Célimène: Imagine a farmyard rooster, disguised as a pheasant, sputtering rhymes in my face a child of eight would no longer dare read. You see my ...
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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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A Dazzling Period Piece: Filling in the Missing Pieces of Moliere's Career
28 January 2008 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

'Molière' is a treat for the eyes as well as a tickler for historical manipulation and in the hands of writers Laurent Tirard and Grégoire Vigneron the cinematic version of the 'lost years' of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin AKA Molière's life abounds in superb entertainment. If the story becomes a bit too convoluted at times, trying to paste together a story that parallels the French playwright's most famous plays, 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' and 'Tartuffe' as the basis for the missing portion of Molière's life, and drags on a bit too long at two hours, it is never less that gorgeous to look at and witty to hear.

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin or Molière (Romain Duris) is an actor and playwright for a comedy troupe that tours the provinces of France, spending himself into debtor's prison. His mysterious disappearance from prison is the time this film uses to explain how Molière was enticed by the wealthy M. Jourdain (Fabrice Luchini) to travel to his estate for the purpose of teaching the dilettante how to write plays and to act in order to win the affection of a wealthy young Célimène (Ludivine Sagnier) while keeping his daughter and his wife Elmire (Laura Morante) at bay. There are many subplots that tend to distract but in the end the 'play' created by Molière's presence and interaction with all of the other characters provides the life lessons and food for material that leads Molière to be the greatest of French playwrights.

The cast is superb, the visual effects are opulent, the musical score is period correct, and the cinematography finds a fine balance between the lush vistas of the countryside and estates and the grimy realism of the prison and small theaters. Perhaps the story is not historically correct, but no one really knows the true events in the missing portion pf Molière's life, and this version is at least plausible and thought provoking. In French with English subtitles. Grady Harp


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