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Bicycling with Molière (2013)

Alceste à bicyclette (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 16 January 2013 (France)
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Two actors. One play. Can the differences between the two egocentric men be put aside for the sake of friendship and theatre?

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Philippe Le Guay

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Fabrice Luchini (from an original idea by), Philippe Le Guay (from an original idea by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fabrice Luchini ... Serge Tanneur
Lambert Wilson ... Gauthier Valence
Maya Sansa ... Francesca
Camille Japy Camille Japy ... Christine
Ged Marlon Ged Marlon ... Christophe Meynard - l'agent immobilier
Stéphan Wojtowicz Stéphan Wojtowicz ... Le chauffeur de taxi
Annie Mercier Annie Mercier ... Tamara - l'agent artistique
Christine Murillo Christine Murillo ... Madame Françon
Josiane Stoléru Josiane Stoléru ... Raphaëlle La Puisaye
Laurie Bordesoules Laurie Bordesoules ... Zoé
Édith Le Merdy Édith Le Merdy ... Madame Bichet - l'hôtelière
Patrick Bonnel Patrick Bonnel ... Roussel
Philippe du Janerand ... Le directeur du théâtre
Jean-Charles Delaume Jean-Charles Delaume ... Philinte sur scène
Jean-Marc Rousseau Jean-Marc Rousseau ... Le plombier
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Storyline

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 Gauthier is convinced he will accept, since Serge himself has become a misanthrope, withdrawn from society and raging against the world.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 lletaif

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

16 January 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bicycling with Molière See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,896, 27 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,624, 3 August 2014
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1.85 : 1
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A Charming, Literate French Film with "The Misanthrope" as the Backdrop
27 June 2017 | by don2507See all my reviews

A popular TV actor with presumed artistic aspirations, the character of Gauthier Valence, travels to an island off the west coast of France to solicit a former acting companion, the reclusive, ill-tempered character of Serge Tanneur, to join him in a stage production of Moliere's The Misanthrope. Tanneur is retired, and says he hates acting and actors, but eventually agrees to at least rehearse with Valence for four days. Based on a daily coin flip, they will alternate the roles of Alceste (the "Misanthrope" who detests the hypocrisies of social life and rebukes men's dishonesty toward each other) and Philinte (who argues for a necessary role in social life of courtesies and half-truths). One might simplify things by labeling Alceste as the idealist and Philinte as the realist. At the end of the brief rehearsals Tanneur will decide whether he will participate in the production, and if he does the two actors have agreed (are they companions? rivals?) to rotate the parts on a daily basis.

To me, the fascinating part of this film was how the two characters submerged / transformed their interaction and emerging rivalry into the two characters of Moliere's play and the echoed interaction of the play's characters onto their own relationship. As they rehearsed, it seemed like Moliere's lines were reflecting aspects of their own interrelationship, which to me was clever screen writing. We also see during these stimulating two-person readings, a subtle evolution of their acting relationship from one of apparent agreement and collaboration to one of ego tests and indirect humiliations. Does the play come off? I believe you can enjoy this film without being familiar with The Misanthrope. I hadn't seen it performed in 30 years, and yet I could appreciate the juxtaposition of Moliere's play and the interaction of these two actors.


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