La Belle Époque

Comedy/Drama | 14A | 115 min.


Uptown Theatre 1 Fri, Oct 25, 2019 7:00 PM
Uptown Theater 5 Sun, Oct 27, 2019 1:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2019
Production Country:France
Original Langauge:French
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Nicolas Bedos
Cast:Daniel Auteuil
Guillaume Canet
Doria Tillier
Fanny Ardant
Produced By:François Kraus
Denis Pineau-Valencienne
Screenwriter:Nicolas Bedos
Music By:Nicolas Bedos
Anne-Sophie Versnaeyen


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… (VIFF 2019)