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La Belle Époque

Rated 14 Accompaniment

(Sexual Content) 115 minutes

Dir: Nicolas Bedos, France, 2019
Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier, Fanny Ardant

In French with English subtitles

“A sweet, inventive Richard Curtis-style romantic-comedy crowdpleaser that deftly balances hearty laughs and heartwarming emotion... In La Belle Epoque, cartoonist Victor (Daniel Auteuil) and psychoanalyst Marianne (Fanny Ardant) have been together for more than forty years. He has grown a little too comfortable with his old fogey status... Marianne still has a lust for life and a very low boredom threshold... An eternally exasperated Marianne eventually throws Victor to the street and considers it a long overdue act of liberation. That is the moment that Victor accepts an offer to enjoy a free experience with Time Travellers, a company run by his son’s best friend Antoine. In a variation on Westworld, the company use movie sets and actors to construct elaborate fictions for wealthy clients. You can live in Nazi-era Germany, dine with Marie Antoinette or get completely sozzled at an Ernest Hemingway evening. Victor chooses to spend his time in the Lyon of 1974, at the hotel bar where he first met Marianne. One of the joys of La Belle Epoque is the central performance from Daniel Auteuil and the way he expresses Victor’s delight in having entered his past. The beard goes, the wardrobe improves and the twinkle returns to his eyes... The good old days have a bracing effect on Victor, especially as he starts to fall under the spell of Margot, who has been cast as the young Marianne. Handsomely crafted, La Belle Epoque cleverly works through thecomplications of blurring fact and fantasy... Set to a soundtrack of pop hits from the likesof Dionne Warwick and The Monkees... the skilled ensemble cast ensure that theemotions are always true and touching... The charming, heartfelt star performance from Daniel Auteuil is one of those periodic reminders of why he has been such a reliable andadmired force in French cinema for over 40 years.” - Allan Hunter, Screen International