LA BELLE ÉPOQUE
by Nicolas Bedos
Victor, sixty something, has his life turned upside down the day when Antoine, a flourishing entrepreneur, offers him a unique new brand of entertainment. Using a combination of theatrical artifice and historical re-enactment, his company gives its clients the opportunity to delve back into the period of their choice. Victor decides to relive the most memorable week of his existence, 40 years earlier, when he met the love of his life...
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Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound, Best Supporting Actress (Fanny Ardant) – French Film Industry César Awards (2020)
Berlin French Film Week (2019)
Rome Film Fest (2019)
BFI London Film Festival (2019)
Cannes International Film Festival (2019)
French Film Festival UK (Great Britain, 2019)
Lisbon French Film Festival (Portugal, 2019)
Tapis Rouge French Film Festival in the
La Belle Époque is a witty and very funny romantic comedy with a great set of actors.
Impressively, Bedos successfully jumps through the many creative hoops he sets, and in the process pulls off the most thoroughly entertaining big-screen French farce in a very long time, one that’s both classical and modern; he uses all the old tropes but convincingly adorns them with up-to-the-minute attitudinal and technological trappings.
The director also gets immaculate work from his players, beginning with the superb old pros Auteuil and Ardant, who display the energy of actors half their age and effortlessly layer the film with a veneer of Gallic knowingness and sophistication.
— Hollywood Reporter
The second feature from Nicolas Bedos is a sweet, inventive Richard Curtis-style romantic comedy crowd-pleaser that deftly balances hearty laughs and heartwarming emotion. (…)
Handsomely crafted, La Belle Époque cleverly works through the complications of blurring fact and fantasy.