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Jean de La Fontaine - Le défi (2007)

Biography of the French poet Jean de la Fontaine, who lived in the times of Louis XIV.

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Daniel Vigne

Writer:

Jacques Forgeas (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
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Lorànt Deutsch Lorànt Deutsch ... Jean de La Fontaine
Philippe Torreton ... Colbert
Sara Forestier ... Perrette
Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... M. de Chateauneuf
Élodie Navarre ... La duchesse de Bouillon
Julien Courbey Julien Courbey ... Molière
Jocelyn Quivrin ... Louis XIV
Daniel Duval ... Terron
Armelle Armelle ... Melle Léotot
Jean-Pierre Malo ... Jannart
Sylviane Goudal Sylviane Goudal ... La rateau
Romain Rondeau Romain Rondeau ... Racine
Mélanie Maudran Mélanie Maudran ... Mme de la Sablière
Jean-Paul Farré Jean-Paul Farré ... Claude Barbin
Jérémie Lippmann Jérémie Lippmann ... Valère
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Biography of the French poet Jean de la Fontaine, who lived in the times of Louis XIV.

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Official Sites:

Rezo Films [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 April 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jean de La Fontaine - El desafío See more »

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Imbecilistic revisionism
3 November 2007 | by capitainehaddockSee all my reviews

This, like too many French scripts aimed at modernizing the seventeenth century's literary production in Paris, is utterly out of context and disregards all facts. Here La Fontaine is presented as an important political commentator feared by the power that be. It is furthermore suggested that his "writing career" depended on Fouquet's support. Many writer of the time are evoked to no purpose other than to promote the "Hero". No mention is made of Aesop. No mention is made of La Fontaine's friendly patrons. We are led to believe that the guy was a Trotskist before his time. The acting is in accordance with the pretensions of the writing.


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