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La Belle Époque

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Ingenious and hilarious by turns, actor-turned-director Nicolas Bedos’ marvellous dramatic comedy takes the sci-fi concept of time travel, brings it down to earth, and gives it a sexy dose of flesh and blood in a very smart and provocative (even "meta") fashion. Cynical 70-ish cartoonist Victor (a superb Daniel Auteuil), his marriage to the tart-tongued Marianne (Fanny Ardant) in a shambles and his best days seemingly behind him, becomes intrigued by his son’s friend Antoine’s (Guillaume Canet) latest successful enterprise. Antoine’s "Time Travellers" troupe offers clients the chance to go back in time to any moment they wish, and the TT team of actors and technicians guarantees a completely realistic immersion in the era chosen. Victor accepts Antoine’s offer of a free trial - and chooses to go back to the day in 1974 when he originally met Marianne in a raucous Lyon bistro. What follows is too delicious to spoil here, but let’s just leave it at this: when the shaggy-haired "younger" Victor goes back to said Lyon bistro and meets waitress Margot (Doria Tillier, Bedos’ real-life companion), who happens to be Antoine’s partner when she’s not acting, more than just sparks fly…

"Vastly entertaining… witty, sexy, and original… 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." - Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter


Director Nicolas Bedos
Country of Origin: France
Year: 2019
Running Time: 115 mins
Language:In French with English subtitles
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Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier, Fanny Ardant, Pierre Arditi, Denis Podalydès
Producer: François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne
Screenwriter: Rémi Daru
Cinematographer: Nicolas Bolduc
Editor: Anny Danché, Florent Vassault
Music: Nicolas Bedos, Anne-Sophie Versnaeyen
Production Company: Les Films du Kiosque
Distributor: MK2 Mile End

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