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Belle époque, La

director and screenwriter – Nicolas Bedos

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France, 2019, 115 min

director and screenwriter – Nicolas Bedos

producers – Francois Kraus and Denis Pineau-Valencienne

camera – Nicolas Bolduc

editors – Anny Danche and Florent Vassault

music – Nicolas Bedos and Anne-Sophie Versnaeyen

art director – Stephane Rozenbaum

costume designer – Emmanuelle Youchnovski

A LES FILMS DU KIOSQUE production

intl. sales – PATHE

BG distributor – BS FILMS

cast:

Daniel Auteuil (Victor Drumond), Guillaume Canet (Antoine), Doria Tillier (Margot), Fanny Ardant (Marianne Drumond), Pierre Arditi (Pierre), Denis Podalydes (Francois)


This high-concept comedy from Nicolas Bedos shrewdly taps into our current technological anxieties and our most basic desire to revisit our glory days. La Belle époque blurs historical eras while tracking a charismatic curmudgeon's emotional awakening.

Victor is a sexagenarian cartoonist whose long-time publisher has eliminated their print edition and, with it, his gig. No fan of AI or VR, Victor likes turning pages, touching flesh, and seeing what's actually before him. Alas, what's before him is a resentful wife, Marianne, who can no longer stand him. “I think you've been alive too long,“ Marianne confesses during one of her rages.

Longing to escape the present, Victor opts to return to the past — or a simulacrum of it. Enter Time Travellers, a service that immerses clients in a painstaking reenactment of whatever historical moment its actors, designers, and builders can conjure.

Victor hires Time Travellers to return him to May 16, 1974, the day he first met Marianne in a Lyon café. He finds himself beguiled by every detail, from the vintage editions of Libération to Margo, the actress he accepts as the Marianne he fell for 45 years ago. It feels like a beautiful dream. But what happens when it's time to wake up?

La Belle époque invites us to peer into the past, consider how it made us who we are, and to muse on who we might still aspire to be.

Screenings:
Friday, 15 November 2019, 19:00, Lumiere Lidl - Buy a ticket online
Saturday, 16 November 2019, 20:30, Odeon
Sunday, 17 November 2019, 16:30, Euro Cinema - Buy a ticket online
Thursday, 21 November 2019, 20:00, Cinema House - Buy a ticket online
Sunday, 24 November 2019, 19:00, Institut Francais
Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 19:00, Institut Francais
Thursday, 28 November 2019, 18:30, G-8 Cinema - Buy a ticket online

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