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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?

Director:

Philippe Le Guay

Writers:

Fabrice Luchini (from an original idea by), Philippe Le Guay (from an original idea by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 Gauthier is convinced he will accept, since Serge himself has become a misanthrope, withdrawn from society and raging against the world.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

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,896, 27 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,624, 3 August 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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French visa # 131952 delivered on 12-12-2012. See more »

Soundtracks

Il Mondo
Lyrics by Gianni Meccia, Jimmy Fontana and Italo Greco
Music by Carlos Pes
RCA Italiana (1965)
Performed by Jimmy Fontana
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Alceste à Bicyclette / Bicycling with Molière : A film which shows that "Monsieur Molière" would always be important for all actors and directors.
16 August 2014 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

French director Philippe Le Guay's Alceste à Bicyclette / Bicycling with Molière is based on actor Fabrice Luchini's original idea. The film is all about actors, their homes, moods, relationships and worlds. The scenario is written in such a manner that this film is also able to discuss the concepts of "good actor" versus "bad actor". They make viewers discover that all actors are absolutely conscious of their image. There is one major thing which all viewers can easily identify in the film. It is related to some actors and their essential need of personal space especially due to their being popular on television. Apart from actors and acting, Bicycling with Molière throws light on how the presence of a woman impacts male bonding. In many ways, it can be construed as this film's minor yet useful subplot. It gains considerable weight due to the benign presence of Italian actress Maya Sensa. Any discussion about this film would not make much sense unless the importance of actor Fabrice Luchini in French cinema is discussed. He has become an important personality of French cultural life. Apart from films, he is seen on TV talk shows reading excerpts from literary as well as philosophical works. He is the best reason to watch this film as good/poor actor Fabrice Luchini takes his revenge on bad/rich actor Lambert Wilson. Before concluding it can be said that actors riding bicycles is a good sign of people in show business coming out of their comfort zones. This statement is as close in reality as stating that in the field of acting there are no friends as nobody would like to miss the opportunity of playing an important role.


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