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Cycling with Molière(Alceste à bicyclette)

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France · 2013
1h 44m
Director Philippe Le Guay
Starring Fabrice Luchini, Lambert Wilson, Maya Sansa, Camille Japy
Genre Drama, Comedy

Serge Tanneur is at the pinnacle of his acting career when he decides to turn his back on show business and become a hermit living off France’s Atlantic coast. Three years later, Gauthier Valence, a beloved TV actor, shows up to offer Serge a role in his directorial debut – a rendition of Molière’s classic play, “The Misanthrope.”

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The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

High culture this decidedly isn’t. Mostly, it’s just a vehicle for two terrific actors to snipe at each other and poke some mild fun at their own profession.


Total Film by Simon Kinnear

Philippe Le Guay’s comedy promises an intellectual satire on how actors mirror their characters. Yet it’s compromised by indulgent pacing and ill-advised slapstick – leaving a cosy, middlebrow showcase for its stars to practise theatrical verse and fall off their bikes.


Washington Post by Stephanie Merry

This may be a buddy comedy on its surface, but Bicycling With Molière also gives some insight into the way art imitates life, and also the way life informs art.


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

The screenplay ultimately bears out Alceste’s observations about treachery, selfishness and deceit, but with such charm and zest that their sting tickles more than it hurts.


Slant Magazine by Wes Greene

Even though the subtext about the past and modernity constantly being at odds throughout the setting's changing times is intriguing, the director presents this in a clunky, almost didactic fashion.

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