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Bicycling with Moliere
A warm, funny, literate comedy in which two French actors portray two French actors, friends at odds with one another in every possible way, except their love of Molière's The Misanthrope. Lambert Wilson (OF GODS AND MEN) plays Gauthier, tall, handsome, and the beneficiary of a leading role in a ridiculous soap opera as a beloved cosmetic surgeon who "saves lives." Fabrice Luchini (who previously worked with Le Guay in WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR) as Serge has met with much less success, becoming a middle-aged curmudgeon who has renounced the stage to live on the glorious île de Ré,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For Francophiles of a literary bent, just hearing these two actors silkily unfurling their lines will be frisson enough"
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"As long as it's putting Moliere through a Pirandellian prism, Bicycling With Moliere is sophisticated fun."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"A cosy, middlebrow showcase for its stars to practise theatrical verse and fall off their bikes."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
"Cycling with Molière gives us both a French-language fest and acting fireworks."
‑ Ginette Vincendeau, Sight and Sound
"A charming French comedy with a plum role for Fabrice Luchini."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"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."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"An amiable French buddy comedy, "Bicycling With Molière" is worth a ride."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"This is a French comedy with claws."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"A sporadically enjoyable folie à deux; flippantly erudite, forgettably frothy."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"It is urbane and watchable, if occasionally flimsy and lightweight, often seeming to bowl aimlessly about, like the two leads on their rickety bicycles."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"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
"A comedy that frequently crosses the line separating breezy from flimsy, to be marginally enjoyed and then completely forgotten."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
"Bicycling with Molière is a droll, intellectual delight, and probably one for Francophiles who have at least a vague knowledge of Molière's play The Misanthrope."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"Some of the slapstick feels forced, but Le Guay's intertextual wit is as sharp as the performances."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"The great Fabrice Luchini adds a caustic spark to this minor-key, putting-on-a-play comedy."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
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