Ariane ou l'Âge D'or (1997)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 155 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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The grandiose vision of writer and actor Philippe Caubère is set on creating a series of eleven films covering his life in epic proportions -- and Ariane Ou L'Age D'Or is the second in the series. In the first film Les Enfants Du Soleil, Ariane gathers her performing troupe after the summer recess and exhorts her actors to improvise under their masks of the comedia dell'arte -- and the troupe gets in gear for a series of performances. The actor Ferdinand Faure (Caubère) joins the troupe at that time. In this film, the majestic oratory and provincial performances of the "children of the sun" entertain and inspire with their evocation of intense living -- all acted in a tour de force by Caubère. Each of the two installments thus far is comprehensible and entertaining on its own terms, without the need for seeing them in sequence.