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by Philippe Le Guay


A once great actor, Serge Tanneur, has retired from the limelight. Too much pressure meant that one day, he simply decided he would act no more. For the past three years, he has lived in solitude on the Île de Ré, spending his time cycling through the windswept landscape. Fellow actor Gauthier Valence, whose career is flying high, is planning a production of Molière's play The Misanthrope and wants to offer Serge the title role. Gauthier is convinced he will accept, since Serge himself has become a misanthrope, withdrawn from society and raging against the world. It would be wonderful to see him return in that part. 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 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?

international title: Bicycling with Moliere
original title: Alceste à bicyclette
country: France
sales agent: Pathé International
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Philippe Le Guay
film run: 104'
release date: FR 16/01/2012, BE 16/01/2013, HU 01/08/2013, SE 25/10/2013, PT 07/11/2013, IT 12/12/2013, CZ 26/01/2014, PL 17/01/2014, SI 10/03/2014, DE 03/04/2014, ES 25/04/2014, UK 04/07/2014, IE 04/07/2014
screenplay: Philippe Le Guay
cast: Fabrice Luchini, Lambert Wilson, Maya Sansa, Laurie Bordesoules, Camille Japy, Annie Mercier
cinematography by: Jean-Claude Larrieu
film editing: Monica Coleman
art director: Françoise Dupertuis
costumes designer: Elisabeth Tavernier
music: Jorge Arriagada
producer: Anne-Dominique Toussaint
production: Les Films des Tournelles, Pathé Films, France 3 Cinéma, Appaloosa Films
distributor: Pathé Distribution, Victory Productions, Teodora Film, Njutafilms, Alamode Film, Against Gravity, Vendetta Filmes, Filmfreak Distributie, Film Europe, Film Europe s.r.o., Curzon Artificial Eye

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