Breezy, eye-catching `Moliere' droops

Review C+

September 07, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun movie critic

The best thing about Moliere (and Becoming Jane, too), is that it makes you appreciate just how witty and transporting Shakespeare in Love really was.

Director and co-writer Laurent Tirard uses a hazy patch in the biography of high-farce master Moliere to invent a tale of comic-dramatic heartbreak that glides by on silky production values and an attractive supporting cast. It's like a breeze so slight it doesn't leave a tickle.

Moliere (Sony Pictures Classics) Starring Romain Duris, Fabrice Luchini, Laura Morante, Edouard Baer, Ludivine Sagnier, Fanny Valette. Directed by Laurent Tirard. Rated PG-13. Time 120 minutes.

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