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French Evening: La Belle Epoque (15)
La Belle Epoque (2019) In French with English subtitles
Director and Writer: Nicolas Bedos
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier
Victor (Auteuil) and Marianne (Ardant) are a couple in their sixties who have been married for several decades. It’s clear they’re not happy though. Victor is depressed by how much the world has changed and how he’s seemingly been left behind. There’s a new business in town where, for a substantial sum of money, a cast and crew can recreate a piece of history and you can immerse yourself in that world. Victor chooses to go back to the day he and Marianne first met in 1974. Based off drawings provided, Antoine skilfully recreates the La Belle Époque café in Lyon and hires a young actress (Tillier) to play Victor’s wife-to-be. But this form of theatrical time travel comes with complications…
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. This is a witty, sexy and original romantic comedy that touches many points of satisfaction.
FILM SCREENING KINDLY SPONSORED BY THE BLACK SWAN SWANAGE.
Part of the French Evening Double Bill.
Introduced by actor Laurent Lucas.
Showing at 8.30pm
Tuesday 26th October.
Laurent Lucas biography:
Laurent is a fully bi-lingual versatile film and stage actor. He first started acting in his native France, working early on with renowned French actor-writer-directors Olivier Py, Philippe Minyana and Robert Cantarella.
He moved to the UK in 2001, where he has been working for nearly 20 years in all aspects of acting. He recently had speaking roles both in English and French in Feature films (THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES, 2017, opposite Joan Collins and Pauline Collins – THE BAY OF SILENCE, 2019, opposite Olga Kurylenko and Claes Bang – OFF THE RAILS, 2021, opposite Sally Philips and Kelly Preston), television (POLDARK S3 in 2017, THE SPANISH PRINCESS S2 in 2020 and SEX EDUCATION S3 in 2021), and numerous lead roles in short films and corporate videos, as well as voice-over, music videos and role-plays.
He received great reviews for his roles on stage, in particular when playing Ruckly in One Flew Over A Cuckoo’s Nest, the Waiter in Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions, and Snuffles in Voyage Of The Galaxy Trader (Panto).
He is also a director and producer at Doppelganger Productions, a production company lead by BAFTA winner screenwriter John Foster, where he is currently producing his new play FUKUSHIMA, and runs Doppelganger Acting Studio, the workshop based performing group of Doppelganger Productions.
ROMANCE, DRAMA, COMEDY