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Genre: Drama
Starring: Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Laura Morante, Edouard Baer, Ludivine Sagnier, Fanny Valette
Director: Laurent Tirard
Rating: NC-16 (Scene of Intimacy)
Year Made: 2006







Languages: French
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 2 hrs
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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At the age of 22, following a spell of imprisonment for debt, Molière - a well-born young man who had abandoned his privileges of his birth for love of a woman and the theatre - disappeared without trace for several months. Taking this mystery - which has never been explained - as our starting point. The makers of this film have concocted an elaborate historical fiction, an adventure in which young Moliere finds himself caught up, a tale of deceit and disguise of theatre, danger and passion. A story from which Moliere would emerge as the greatest author in the history of the French stage.


There are few French films which misses the mark – there is always this sophisticated air around French films which always make them interesting and engaging to watch. Somehow, French films always feature a smartly scripted screenplay that makes them appealing to watch – you never know what is round the corner because there always seems to be a charming surprise waiting for you when you least expect it.

This 2007 picture directed by Laurent Tirard tells the story of playwright cum actor Molière, who lives in the era of 1658. We see Molière running a theatre troupe but eventually go broke and get thrown to prison. A rich man offers to help him by asking him to rehearse a one act play he has written, and also to seduce a beautiful bright young widow. Complications arise when relationships become entangled and art and life events become increasingly mixed up in this 120 minute picture.

If you are a viewer with low attention span, this movie may not be your cup of tea because you’d need to follow the plot developments throughout. There are no distractions in the form of Hollywood styled car explosions and sophisticated computer generated effects. All you get here are down to earth acting by the entire cast, which includes the charming Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped), the grounded Fabrice Luchini (The Cost of Living), the dignified Laura Morante (Private Fears in Public Places) and the luminous Ludivine Sagnier (Swimming Pool). Playing the principal characters of the movie, these acclaimed actors effortlessly bring the period roles to life.

Maybe it’s because the dialogues are in French, viewers can almost feel the elegant and classy style of writing that writers Tirard and Gregoire Vigneron put into the script. Watch out also for the intricate and detailed art direction where elaborate costumes, green lawns and magnificent horses compliment the film nicely.

One central theme in this comedy is love, and any avid movie enthusiast will tell you that romance is one sure win component of a winning production, because we are all suckers for all things romantic. You’ll be captivated as Moliere begins seducing the widow and slowly falling for here. Sure, it’s no innovative plot, but true love always manages to charm the most cynical. The most important ingredient of this picture has to be its comedy element, which makes the viewing experience a breezy affair.


This Code 3 disc contains no special features.


There is nothing to complain about the disc’s visual transfer, while the film is presented in its original French Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack.



Review by John Li


. Moliere (Movie Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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