La Belle Époque (2019)

La Belle Epoque (2019)

Title: La Belle Époque

Year: 2019

Genre: Comedy | Drama| Romance |

Runtime: 115 min

Director: Nicolas Bedos

Starring:  Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier

imdb 7,6/10


Victor, a disillusioned sexagenarian, sees his life turned upside down on the day when Antoine, a brilliant entrepreneur, offers him a new kind of attraction: mixing theatrical artifices and historical reconstruction, this company offers his clients a chance to dive back into the era of their choice. Victor then chose to relive the most memorable week of his life: the one where, 40 years earlier, he met the great love.


Set in a french romantic town where comedy and satire are a common thing, this dramatization has an elegance that many foreign films lack. With a sophisticated plot that might engage the audience but not acknowledge them for the potential this film offers, it’s a film that stays with you after the screening.

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Director Nicolas Bedos provides charm to this film where Victor, a man in his 60s has relationship problems. Once he gets left by his wife, his son helps him to relive the memories of the past. In fact, in 1984.  Daniel Auteuil gives a decent performance as the old Victor that tries to relive his past. He doesn’t approve for the new technology that his son is working on at his own animation-firm.

There is a particular balance between the comedy and the drama that feels authentic somehow in this film. It also gives the movie a tender feeling of bittersweet. That also provides this film with a different path and a new dimension for these characters. All these characters are distinguished from themselves and become credible to some extent. Some choices and dialogue are shifting but the characters itself feels authentic to the perspective of the plot.

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Guillaume Canet is a decent performer in his try to play agonistic to the whole fake-drama but the concept of reliving the past based on some drawings and some notes is not a reliable profession. Even though I don’t agree with Marianne (Fanny Ardant) in her reaction when she throws out her husband, it’s hard to disagree to the fact that every scene she is in; she steals them. She has the credibility to the character and gives a resourceful impact to the story too. The reason Marianne leaving Victor aren’t clear, there is no obvious reason explained in this movie why this happens and that is lacklustre because a reason on why the separation occurred would make a bigger impression on the audience and therefore improve the story.

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The set-decoration and costume where this movie takes place and makes it meta, is also believable up to a certain point, of course. The French, foreign language, makes a new dimension as well to the world-setting. Not often is it explored in other countries and becomes appreciated to what this film is. The script is decent, and the plot is intriguing enough to make you sit through the whole film. The characters are interesting enough to make you sit through the whole film. Hopefully, this kind of movie does continue to evolve and get distributed to other countries for audiences on a global level to explore.


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