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Jean de La Fontaine - Le défi (2007)

Biography of the French poet Jean de la Fontaine, who lived in the times of Louis XIV.


Daniel Vigne


Jacques Forgeas (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorànt Deutsch Lorànt Deutsch ... Jean de La Fontaine
Philippe Torreton ... Colbert
Sara Forestier ... Perrette
Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... M. de Chateauneuf
Élodie Navarre ... La duchesse de Bouillon
Julien Courbey Julien Courbey ... Molière
Jocelyn Quivrin ... Louis XIV
Daniel Duval ... Terron
Armelle Armelle ... Melle Léotot
Jean-Pierre Malo ... Jannart
Sylviane Goudal Sylviane Goudal ... La rateau
Romain Rondeau Romain Rondeau ... Racine
Mélanie Maudran Mélanie Maudran ... Mme de la Sablière
Jean-Paul Farré Jean-Paul Farré ... Claude Barbin
Jérémie Lippmann Jérémie Lippmann ... Valère




Biography of the French poet Jean de la Fontaine, who lived in the times of Louis XIV.

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Boring and not historically accurate
19 April 2007 | by cyberpixSee all my reviews

The sets and costumes are beautiful, there are some good background actors, but overall we found this movie very dull. There's no rhythm, not enough story, the acting is not what it should be. Was it an attempt to follow the fashion of history biopics of these last years? Fouquet, Molière, and now La Fontaine. But if his writings are forever famous, does his life deserves a movie? Judging from this one, I'd say not. Plus there are some annoying literary omissions. For instance, in this movie Jean de la Fontaine seems to discover the idea of talking animals, he gets inspiration by looking at animals and insects... Yet everybody knows, and he himself never denied it, that he was mostly inspired by the classic stories of Esope. He merely (yet brilliantly) modernized them.

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