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Cycling with Moliere

6.0
721
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Original title
Alceste à bicycletteaka
AKA
  • Bicycling with Molière
Year
Running time
104 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Philippe Le Guay
Music
Jorge Arriagada
Cinematography
Jean-Claude Larrieu
Cast
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Producer
France 2 Cinéma / Les Films des Tournelles / Pathé
Genre
Comedy | Stage Play. Comedy-Drama
Synopsis / Plot
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 title role. Gauthier is convinced he will accept, since Serge himself has become a misanthrope, withdrawn from society and raging against the world.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. 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 all arriving on the island at the weekend, the pressure is on Serge to make up his mind. Is he merely toying with Gauthier, or does he really intend to take to the stage once more?
Awards
2013: César Awards: 3 nominations, including Best Actor (Fabrice Luchini)
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