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
Witty, enjoyable costume drama imagines formative episode in life of French comedy giant. 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
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.