Based on Molière's play. The children of Harpagon, Cléante and his sister Elise, are each in love but they still haven't spoken to their father yet. Harpagon is a miser who wants to choose the right man and the right woman for his children. When Cléante, at last, tries to speak to Harpagon, the old man informs the family that he wants to marry Marianne, the young girl loved by Cléante. Unaware of his son's sorrow, Harpagon doesn't understand why Cléante has become so angry with him.
Originally, Louis de Funès only considered a TV adaptation of Molière's play. Encouraged by the actor's enormous popularity however, the producers took the risk to bring it to the big screen. Sadly enough, "L'Avare" ended up as a commercial failure. See more »
German version is heavily cut (ca. 50 min). See more »
Louis de Funès shines in this adaptation of Molière's play.
L'avare is not my all-time favorite play but it is worth seeing, since Harpagon is a truly memorable character. And in this version Harpagon is played by the extremely funny Louis de Funès, which, as usual, shines. The original script has not been touched, so it may be hard for some to get into the movie, and since the sets are minimal, a little imagination is required. But if you get into it, you'll have fun. The cast is good, but the play is centered around Harpagon and Louis de Funès is absolutely perfect for that role. This is a comedy as in comedy at the time of Molière. At this time, a comedy was a play thats IS NOT a tragedy, meaning it does not have a sad ending, so don't expect a laugh-out-loud comedy. One thing that I don't like about this play/movie is the end. But this movie is still worth your time, even if it is just to introduce you to Molière.
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