In 1657, playwright/actor Molière, having been given a theater in the capital by the King, is back in Paris after touring the kingdom of France with his company of players. One day, a young lady asks him to follow her to the deathbed of her mother... Thirteen years earlier, Molière already runs a troupe but goes broke and is thrown to prison. Fortunately (?) his debt is covered by Monsieur Jourdain, a rich man who wants him to help him rehearse a one-act play he has written with a view to seducing a beautiful bright young widow, Célimène. As Jourdain is married to Elmire, and is the "respectable" father of two daughters his design must remain secret so Molière is introduced into the house as Tartuffe, an austere priest...
31 January 2007 (France)
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Opening Weekend USA: $32,601,
29 July 2007
Gross USA: $635,733
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $10,878,867
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
The opening scene of this gorgeous movie was filmed in Marie Antoinette's tiny private opera house, known as The Queen's Theatre, located at The Petite Trianon at Versailles. However, The Queen's Theatre was not constructed until 1780 - so approximately 122 years later than this film's opening scene time period of 1658. The Queen's Theatre can also be seen prominently in Marie Antoinette
(2006). See more
Your father said you studied law?
Trade law, to be exact.
What a fine idea! I wanted a son to bequeath my business to.
How is business?
I can't complain.
You're wrong. Our laws are reprehensible. Business in France is impossible. But I have concrete ideas on ways to increase profits.
Thomas, I fear this conversation could lead to boredom.
Not at all. Not at all. Please continue.
For example, did you know you could save on labor costs by setting up shop in Spain, where people earn four times ...
Ah, Madame, Je vous aime!
Lyrics by Christian Daumas
, music based on a 17th Century tune
Performed by Henriette Jourdain (Fanny Valette
) and Valère (Gonzague Montuel
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