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The clichés of French film history are playfully explored in César Award-winning filmmaker Nicolas Bedos’ hilarious LA BELLE ÉPOQUE, which darts between present day and the wild, wonderful disco era of the 1970s in a whimsical, witty and romantic tale.
This reimagining of the film-within-a-film concept also boasts the mighty combination of Daniel Auteuil and Fanny Ardant who appear alongside the filmmaker’s frequent collaborator, Doria Tillier, having co-starred in his 2017 debut, Mr & Mme Adelman.
Victor (Auteuil), a 70-something tech-phobic cartoonist, is struggling both professionally and personally. His work is evaporating with the growing dominance of the Internet, and his wife, Marianne (Ardant), loathes him. Things take a turn when Victor meets Antoine (Guillaume Canet) whose company offers a unique theatrical service where customers are able to revisit memories and play out fantasies through carefully orchestrated re-enactments. Victor decides to relive the most memorable week of his existence, 40 years earlier, when he met the love of his life.
A French film to equal the gleeful inventiveness of The Truman Show, Bedos reminds us not only of who we once were, but who we have the potential to become. La Belle Époque is at once dazzling and soul-stirring yet, ultimately, a heartwarming allegory.
"Romantic, nostalgic and beautifully acted, it’s one of the best films of the year"
- The List
Thursday 20th August
Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Fanny Ardant, Doria Tillier
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