What if you had the chance to re-enact any period? Would you travel to Marie Antoinette’s court or William Shakespeare’s Globe? For Victor (Daniel Auteuil), given the choice – by an immersive re-enactment company – he wants to go back to the night in 1974 when he met his wife (Fanny Ardant). Fleeing from current drama, he has the chance to trip the light nostalgic, even if the artifice is paper-thin.
Director Nicolas Bedos wrings a great deal of humour and pathos from keeping the fantasy alive, with prompts whispered in the actors’ ears and the antics of philandering behind-the-scenes director Antoine (Guillaume Canet) a witty counterpoint to the tender recreation. Sweet yet honest about the nature of memory and nostalgia, La Belle Époque will take you back to the good old days.