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PG-13| 2 hr. min.

Plot Summary
In 17th-century France, playwright and actor Molière (Romain Duris) has his debts paid off by Monsieur Jourdain (Fabrice Luchini), freeing him from debtors prison. In return, Jourdain asks for acting lessons so he can win the heart of the beautiful widow Célimène (Ludivine Sagnier) by performing a short play for her. Presented to Jourdain's family as the priest Tartuffe, Molière begins to fall in love with Monsieur Jourdain's disregarded wife, Elmire (Laura Morante).

Cast: Romain Duris , Fabrice Luchini , Laura Morante , Edouard Baer , Ludivine Sagnier , Fanny Valette , Mélanie Dos Santos , Sophie-Charlotte Husson

Director: Laurent Tirard

Genres: Comedy drama, Historical drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Moliere (2007)

Release Date: July 27th, 2007|2 hr. min.

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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • A whimsical but flat-footed attempt to account for several lost months in the life of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known to the world as Molière. show more

  • Though it might be Moliere for Dummies, it's infinitely more fun than French director Ariane Mnouchkine's tedious 1978 film portrait, a Moliere for Smarties that ran four hours plus and, like Tirard's movie, explored the comedy of tragedy. show more

  • The actors elevate what might have been fluff into a genuinely moving tale, and the action is so much fun that it doesn't even matter if you've seen Molière's plays before. show more

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  • May 22, 2008 oharden
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    John Keats would probably be insulted by my use of his theory of "negative capability"--an open-mindedness that submerges the conscious and allows the subconscious to interpret reality. I attended "Moliere" to be entertained, without any intention of connecting the famous actor/playwright's work with historical realism. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie--superb acting, beautiful costuming, and a subtle, witty plot. In my judgment, it is a five-star production.

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