Molière (2007 film)

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Molière
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original film poster
Directed by Laurent Tirard
Written by Laurent Tirard
Grégoire Vigneron
Starring Romain Duris
Laura Morante
Ludivine Sagnier
Release date(s)
  • 31 January 2007 (2007-01-31)
Running time 120 minutes
Country France
Language French

Molière is a 2007 film by French director Laurent Tirard and starring Romain Duris as Molière. It was released in Europe in January 2007 and in the United States in July 2007. It was entered into the 29th Moscow International Film Festival where Fabrice Luchini won the Silver George for Best Actor.[1] The screenplay was co-written by Tirard and Grégoire Vigneron.

Plot[edit]

The film begins in 1658, when the French actor and playwright returns to Paris with his theatrical troupe to perform in the theater the king has given him. Most of the film is in the form of a flashback to 1645. Following an unsuccessful run as a tragic actor, Molière is released from debtor's prison by Monsieur Jourdain (Fabrice Luchini), a wealthy commoner with social pretensions, who agrees to pay the young actor's debts if Molière teaches him to act.

Jourdain, a married man with two daughters, hopes to use this talent to ingratiate himself with Célimène (Ludivine Sagnier), a recently widowed beauty with whom he has become obsessed. He hopes to perform a short play he has written for the occasion. Molière, however, who has been presented to the family and staff of Monsieur Jourdain as Tartuffe, a priest who is to serve as tutor for the Jourdains' younger daughter. As the story progresses Molière proceeds to fall in love with Jourdain's neglected wife, Elmire (Laura Morante). Sub-plots involve the love life of the Jourdains' older daughter, and the intrigues of the penniless and cynical aristocrat Dorante (Édouard Baer) at the expense of the gullible Jourdain.

The story is mostly fictional and many scenes follow actual scenes and text in Molière's plays including Tartuffe, Le Misanthrope, The Imaginary Invalid, and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, whose principal character is also named Jourdain. It is implied that these "actual" events in his life inspired the plays of his maturity.

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Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed to positive reviews, with a rating of 70% on Rottentomatoes[2] where it is described as "no biopic, but pure fantasy, a sort of 'Molière in Love'".

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