Bicycling with Moliere

Bicycling with Moliere  {Alceste à bicyclette}
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Bicycling with Moliere
Alceste à bicyclette
France, 2013, 104 Minute Running Time
Topic: Comedy
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French English Sub-Titles

A kind of theatrical odd couple, Serge Tanneur (Fabrice Luchini) and Gauthier Valence (Lambert Wilson) aren’t really friends but they’re willing to pretend if it’s to their mutual advantage. And perhaps it is: Gauthier is the star of a hit TV show, but he has an itch to stage Moliere’s Le Misanthrope, and he wants to persuade Serge, a prickly but highly respected theater star, to come out of retirement to costar in the project. To his surprise, Serge doesn’t leap at the chance but instead agrees to rehearse the play with him for a few days to gauge their rapport.

While some familiarity with Moliere’s play would certainly enhance your appreciation for this classy, caustic comedy, a passing acquaintance with the vanity, pretension and hypocrisy of the typical middle-aged male – and actors, most of all – is the only basic requirement here.

It’s a talky script, no question, but when that talk is performed with the relish and wit of such seasoned farceurs as Luchini and Wilson, that’s to the good – and director Le Guay throws in some choice visual slapstick for good measure.

DIRECTOR: Philippe Le Guay
Producer: Anne-Dominique Toussaint, Romain Le Grand, Floran Genetet-Morel
Editor: Monica Coleman
Screenwriter: Philippe Le Guay
Cinematographer: Jean-Claude Larrieu
Music: Jorge Arriagada
Principal Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Lambert Wilson, Maya Sansa, Camille Japy, Annie Mercier
Filmography: The Women on the 6th Floor (2010)
Du jour au lendemain (2006)
The Cost of Living (2003)
Nightshift (2001)
L'année Juliette (1995)
Les deux Fragonard (1989)
Print Source: Strand Releasing

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