BICYCLING WITH MOLIÈRE (Comedy-Drama) Directed by Philippe Le Guay (The Women on the 6th Floor). Serge Tanneur (Fabrice Luchini) is at the pinnacle of his acting career when he decides to turn his back on show business and become a hermit living off of France’s Atlantic coast. Three years later, Gauthier Valence (Lambert Wilson), a beloved TV actor, shows up on the island to offer Serge a role in his directorial debut – a rendition of Molière’s classic play, “The Misanthrope”. Serge refuses at first, but then suggests that they rehearse the first scene and after five days he’ll decide if he wants to dothe play or not. What ensues is a battle of brawn and wits and peculiar encounters with a hotel maid who longs to be a pornstar and an Italian divorcée.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
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.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 04.22.2014
It deals lightly with topics like ego, friendship, rivalry and love, and it does so within the context of an exploration of the personal and professional lives of a pair of actors.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 05.01.2014
An amiable French buddy comedy, "Bicycling With Moliere" is worth a ride.Kyle Smith, New York Post, 04.24.2014
A comedy that frequently crosses the line separating breezy from flimsy, to be marginally enjoyed and then completely forgotten.Mike D'Angelo, AV Club, 04.24.2014