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, off France's Atlantic coast. Gauthier arrives on Serge's turf to try to convince his pal (Luchini, in real life, a Molière expert) to return to Paris to play opposite him in a new production. But Serge plays hard to get, first of all as he want to play the title role. Instead of committing, he suggests they rehearse together for the week. Things look to be going well, especially when a mysterious Italian divorcee (Maya Sansa) brings a romantic spark into his life. With the play's producer, Gauthier's agent and his lover all arriving on the island at the weekend, the pressure is on Serge to make up his mind. Is he merely toying with Gauthier, or does he really intend to take to the stage once more?
- Director: Philippe Le Guay
- Country: France
- Genre: Comedy | Drama
- Year: 2014
- Run Time: 01:45:44
- imdb Score: 6.7/10 (1,104 votes)
- Language: French | Italian
- Rating: Not Rated
- Cast: Fabrice Luchini, Lambert Wilson, Maya Sansa
Kenneth Turan - LOS ANGELES TIMES
"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 - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Wilson and Luchini's dramatic tanglings are fun to watch; particularly when they furiously rehearse arguments between Molière's angry Alceste and his more politic pal Philinte, then switch roles and reverse the dynamic."
Mike Russell - THE OREGONIAN
COLCOA Film Festival, Los Angeles 2013
Tribeca Film Festival 2013
Hof Film Festival 2013
Free Zone Festival, Belgrade 2013
Torino Film Festival 2013
Minneapolis-St. Paul Int'l Film Festival 2014