King of Pain – The Making of Molière

By Nikolai Eberth

“I have to feel, that it really hurts” says Thomas Thieme backstage during the rehearsals for “Moliere”. This film tells the story of a man, who gives everything, who defines his acting as an act of transgressing boundaries, and who seems to rush headlong towards self destruction without hesitation.

Thieme is not satisfied with the world and he is not concerned with pleasing the audience. Furthermore, he is straightforward about his view of humanity and thereby risks being looked at as disgusting and sick.

This documentary follows Thomas Thieme, famous for his extreme and drastic stage appearances, during the greatest challenge of his life: “Moliere”, directed by Luk Perceval, consisting of a montage of four pieces by Moliere (Don Juan, Tartuffe, Le Misantrope, L'Avare).

Through rehearsal scenes, conversations during rehearsals and private encounters, the film builds an unapologetic portrait of Thieme, and we get a rare glimpse of the fine line between art and life.