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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 Gauthier is convinced he will accept, since Serge himself has become a misanthrope, withdrawn from society and raging against the world.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
The story is about two actors who wish to display a drama together, failed the cooperation.
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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