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Molière on the Bike

Molière on the Bike

Frankreich 2012 - mit Fabrice Luchini, Lambert Wilson, Maya Sansa ...

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Originaltitel:Alceste a Bicyclette
Regie:Philippe Le Guay
Produktionsland:Frankreich 2012
Laufzeit:Ca. 105 min.
FSK:From 0 years
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Formerly Serge Tanneur (Fabrice Luchini) was a celebrated actor whose whole passion belonged to the theater. But those times are long gone. Meanwhile he lives completely withdrawn on the Ile de Ré and has sworn never to enter a stage again. He also makes this clear to his former companion, TV star Gauthier Valence (Lambert Wilson), when he suddenly stands at Serge's door and tries to persuade him to participate in his production of Molières "The Enemy of Man". But Gauthier doesn't let up, and the prospect of still being able to play his dream role of Alceste makes Serge soft. He gets involved with rehearsing the piece with his old friend for a few days. When the feeling is right afterwards, he takes the part. More and more Serge opens himself for the game and for his fellow men. When he meets the beautiful Italian Francesca (Maya Sansa), everything seems to have a happy ending. But it's not only on the theater stages that things often turn out differently than one might think…

Philippe Le Guay, who with his last film "Nur für Personal" (Only for Personnel) was also able to achieve a respectable success in Germany, tries in "Molière auf dem Fahrrad" to pay tribute to the classic "The Enemy of Man" in two ways. On the one hand, the work is at the centre of the story, as it has always been a dream for both main characters to play the role of Alceste on stage. On the other hand, the story itself is a kind of reinterpretation of Molières comedy. The references to the "misanthrope" are general enough that you can have fun with the movie even if you don't know Molières classics. But only with the appropriate previous knowledge can the sometimes very subtle humour fully unfold.

However, "Molière auf dem Fahrrad" also works quite well simply as a story about two old friends who are connected to the stage through their love and try to reestablish this band. The two main actors Fabrice Luchini ("Nur für Personal", "In ihrem Haus") and Lambert Wilson ("Matrix 2 +3", "Von Menschen und Göttern") harmonize great and the fights between the two words, which the two of them are always having, have a lot of wit and successful timing. To feel well entertained here, you really don't have to know "The Enemy of Man". Only in the last act does a knowledge of the matter really pay off. Because the more the two actors rehearse the play together, the more Serge internalizes the role of Alceste and the boundaries between stage and reality finally blur. His behavior in this part of the film will be difficult for many a viewer, who doesn't know the "misanthrope", to grasp, which of course takes much of the intentional effect out of the whole thing.

However, whether you are a Molière connoisseur or not, "Molière on the bike" is very nice entertainment for lovers of French arthouse comedies. Nothing more, though. Because in the end the script lacks a bit of bite and the staging lacks charm. Since the film virtually burdens itself on to be compared with Molières's comedic talent, it would have taken a more clever script to be able to do this. The basic idea, which comes from leading actors Fabrice Luchini and Philippe Le Guay, is really very amusing and the production is filled with small successful moments. But in the end the last spark for the big ignition is missing. If you don't need them and are simply looking for nice literary entertainment, you can get on a bike with Molière. Worth seeing

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