The new comedy from the director of The Women on the 6th Floor!
“Phillippe Le Guay’s charming comedy of egos colliding on the French seaside turns into a neatly crafted, wonderfully performed search for the creative spark.” - Time Out New York
Popular television celebrity Gauthier Valence (Lambert Wilson) embarks on a train journey to France’s L’Île de Ré with a clear mission in mind: convince his old friend Serge Tanneur (Fabrice Luchini) to return to the stage in the lead of Molière’s The Misanthrope. The task is not that simple, as Tanneur, a once-renowned actor/comedian, went into exile three years prior, living in a dilapidated house bequeathed by his uncle. He is sick of his vocation, burning every script that he receives. Gauthier is convinced Serge will accept the part, since Serge himself has become a misanthrope, withdrawn from society and raging against the world. But Serge plays hard to get. 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 for 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? For good and bad, a tumultuous five-day struggle ensues to bring the great man out of the shadows. After The Women on the 6th Floor, director Philippe Le Guay brings us another delicious, smart and cruel comedy about the pleasures of playing with words, arguing, discussing and rehearsing a play. (Dir. by Philippe Le Guay, 2013, France, in French with English subtitles, 104 mins., Not Rated) Digital
Support for this film provided by Alliance Française of Tucson