A once great actor, Serge Tanneur (Fabrice Luchini), 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 (Lambert Wilson), whose career is flying high, is planning a production of Molière's play The Misanthrope and wants to offer Serge the role of Filinte. Gauthier is convinced he will accept, since Serge himself has become a misanthrope, withdrawn from society and raging against the world.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, 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 ...
Lambert Wilson....Gauthier Valence
Ged Marlon....Christophe Meynard - l'agent immobilier
Stéphan Wojtowicz....Le chauffeur de taxi
Annie Mercier....Tamara - l'agent artistique
Christine Murillo....Madame Françon
Josiane Stoléru....Raphaëlle La Puisaye
Édith Le Merdy....Madame Bichet - l'hôtelière
Philippe du Janerand....Le directeur du théâtre
Jean-Charles Delaume....Philinte sur scène
Jean-Marc Rousseau....Le plombier
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