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Synopsis

From talented French filmmaker Nicolas Bedos comes LA BELLE EPOQUE, a mind-bending comedy about the travails of romance and the irresistible allure of the past. Disillusioned sexagenarian cartoonist Victor has lost his job and is on the outs with his wife Marianne when enterprising entrepreneur Antoine approaches him with an intriguing proposition - the chance to revisit the glory days of his youth, and his relationship, by traveling back through time. Intrigued, the avowed technophobe hires Antoine's virtual reality company to return him to May 16, 1974, the day he met Marianne in a café in Lyon, and soon finds himself drawn to Margo, the actress playing the younger incarnation of his spouse. Wildly original and wholly inventive,

Cast

  • Daniel Auteuil
  • Guillaume Canet
  • Doria Tillier
  • Fanny Ardant
  • Pierre Arditi
  • Denis Podalydès
  • Michaël Cohen
  • Jeanne Arènes
  • Bertrand Poncet
  • Bruno Raffaelli

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Metacritic

90
Jan 15, 2020

La Belle Epoque is the sort of vastly entertaining mainstream French film that was produced with regularity during the 1970s-'80s and was sometimes remade by Hollywood. Those days are long gone but it could happen with this witty, sexy and original romantic comedy that touches many points of satisfaction.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
80
Jan 15, 2020

The second feature from Nicolas Bedos is a sweet, inventive Richard Curtis-style romantic-comedy crowdpleaser that deftly balances hearty laughs and heartwarming emotion.

Allan Hunter
Screen Daily
40
Jan 15, 2020

It’s comedy-drama that is not funny enough to count as a comedy and not plausible enough to count as a drama. You’re going to need a very sweet tooth for it – sweeter than the one I have.

Metacritic review by Peter Bradshaw
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian