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Bicycling with Molière (2013)

Alceste à bicyclette (original title)
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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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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 Gauthier is convinced he will accept, since Serge himself has become a misanthrope, withdrawn from society and raging against the world.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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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The story is about two actors who wish to display a drama together, failed the cooperation.
16 June 2013 | by molove_3See all my reviews

It is a French tragicomedy, trying to present philosophy with humor, affording much food for thought. Serge is quite misanthropic but much complicated for lacking of sincerity, and Valence is just the opposite. Both of the actors have deficiency comparing to Alceste, and both are conceited. And this is one comic reason leading to tragedy.

Another comic reason is kind of paradox. The perfect Alecste will never show himself on the stage because of his nature, who will instead sit along the river alone and enjoy the pure happiness far away from the city, just as the time of their rehearsal we remember, those pure moments when they forgot the stage.

By the way, I like Lambert Wilson.


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