Director: Laurent Sivot, Laurent Tirard Cast: Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini

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In 1645, the French playwright and actor Jean-Baptiste Poquelin -- better known as Molière -- mysteriously disappeared for several weeks, and this lavish comedy drama imagines a scenario that could explain what may have happened to him. At this time, Molière (Romain Duris) is touring the French countryside with his traveling theater company, and he's yet to be recognized as one of the continent's great authors (or achieve significant financial success). Molière is put in jail after skipping out on some unpaid debts, but is freed after his fine is paid by two strangers. Molière discovers his benefactors are acting on behalf of Jourdain (Fabrice Luchini), a very wealthy man who has a beautiful wife, Elmire (Laura Morante) and two lovely daughters. However, Jourdain has fallen head over heels for Celimene (Ludivine Sagnier), a gorgeous widow, and he's written a short play in order to demonstrate his feelings for her. Jourdain needs someone to help him polish his script and serve as an acting coach, and he's recruited Molière for the job. Needing the money, Moliere accepts, but he poses as a man of the cloth, Monsieur Tartuffe, to keep his identity a secret. Molière soon realizes that Jourdain's talent exists only in the rich man's imagination, and that Jourdain already has a rival for Celimene's affections, the charming but duplicitous Dorante (Edouard Baer). Molière was written and directed by Laurent Tirard.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/22/2008
UPC: 0043396214651
Original Release: 2007
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 45,853

Special Features

Director's commentary by Laurent Tirard; The making of Molière featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Romain Duris Moliere
Fabrice Luchini Jourdain
Laura Morante Elmire
Edouard Baer Dorante
Ludivine Sagnier Celimene
Fanny Valette Henriette
Jean-Claude Jay Charles
Melanie Dos Santos Actor
Gonzague Montuel Actor
Gilian Petrovsky Actor
Sophie-Charlotte Husson Actor
Eric Berger Actor
Arie Elmaleh Actor

Technical Credits
Laurent Sivot Director,Production Manager
Laurent Tirard Director,Screenwriter
Christine de Jekel Executive Producer
Olivier Delbosc Producer
Valerie Deseine Editor
Eric Devulder Sound Editor
Françoise Dupertuis Production Designer
Francois Fayard Sound Editor
Stephane Foenkinos Casting
Thomas Gauder Sound Mixer
Gilles Henry Cinematographer
Jean-Claude Jay Screenwriter
Pierre-Jean Larroque Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Missonnier Producer
Frederic Talgorn Score Composer
Fanny Valette Screenwriter
Gregoire Vigneron Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Moliere
1. Return to Paris [4:13]
2. Only Tragedies [3:33]
3. An Old Friend [4:45]
4. Let Him Suffer [4:29]
5. A Priest [3:27]
6. Painting Lessons [3:52]
7. Love Note [3:52]
8. Daydream [5:12]
9. Watch Dog [2:06]
10. Young Playwright [4:42]
11. Admirer [4:51]
12. Nothing to Hide [2:26]
13. Dewdrop [5:13]
14. Exchange of Compliments [3:51]
15. Heavy and Pretentious [5:00]
16. Coming Clean [2:39]
17. Work [4:19]
18. Hunting Easy Prey [5:49]
19. Scalding Hot [1:49]
20. Showcase [3:34]
21. Solemnly Request [5:27]
22. Dry Your Tears [3:06]
23. Last Rehearsal [3:30]
24. Blindfolded Donkey [4:52]
25. Marriage Cancelled [6:04]
26. Wedding Day [4:02]
27. Going on Tour [4:18]
28. Invent It [9:28]

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
Delightful! Eveything, the music, the acting.
tankutheoptimist More than 1 year ago
An amazing rare piece of gem. I am not sure at all of the historical accuracy of the film or Moliere's life, but this film did move me, gave me reasons to think, made me feel each and every character's presence on screen. Romain Duris is beyond words, he steals the entire show pretty easily, much can be said about him as Moliere in this film, but the lesser it is. Fabulous performances from Fabrice Luchini and Laura Morante. The chemistry between Morante and Duris makes you go speechless, they make an outstanding pair right there on the screen and the interactions between them are quite believable and will simply take you along with the flow of the film very well. Rich scenery, excellent character development and a superb cast performance is all you will get here. A film not to be missed at all.
feline_67 More than 1 year ago
Loved the whole movie! I did not even care that it was in French with English Subtitles! LOVED IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Molière' is a treat for the eyes as well as a tickler for historical manipulation and in the hands of writers Laurent Tirard and Grégoire Vigneron the cinematic version of the 'lost years' of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin AKA Molière's life abounds in superb entertainment. If the story becomes a bit too convoluted at times, trying to paste together a story that parallels the French playwright's most famous plays, `Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' and `Tartuffe' as the basis for the missing portion of Molière's life, and drags on a bit too long at two hours, it is never less that gorgeous to look at and witty to hear. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin or Molière (Romain Duris) is an actor and playwright for a comedy troupe that tours the provinces of France, spending himself into debtor's prison. His mysterious disappearance from prison is the time this film uses to explain how Molière was enticed by the wealthy M. Jourdain (Fabrice Luchini) to travel to his estate for the purpose of teaching the dilettante how to write plays and to act in order to win the affection of a wealthy young Célimène (Ludivine Sagnier) while keeping his daughter and his wife Elmire (Laura Morante) at bay. There are many subplots that tend to distract but in the end the 'play' created by Molière's presence and interaction with all of the other characters provides the life lessons and food for material that leads Molière to be the greatest of French playwrights. The cast is superb, the visual effects are opulent, the musical score is period correct, and the cinematography finds a fine balance between the lush vistas of the countryside and estates and the grimy realism of the prison and small theaters. Perhaps the story is not historically correct, but no one really knows the true events in the missing portion of Molière's life, and this version is at least plausible and thought provoking. In French with English subtitles. Grady Harp
mleiv More than 1 year ago
Moliere's Tartuffe is one of my favorite comedic plays, and the wild speculations of this film based on that one play kept me laughing throughout most of the movie. The ending was sad and sweet and unexpected, the sort of real life intrusion that rounded the movie out and made it more than just the farce it began as.