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They say that French is the language of love, so it's not surprising that there are a lot of French romantic films. Many are in the comedy genre, although these are generally very different from the more usual Hollywood Rom-Coms. Others are much more serious, dealing with the sometimes harsh realities of life.
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  • Amour

    Amour

  • L'Hermine

    L'Hermine

  • 20 ans d'écart

    20 ans d'écart

  • L'Arnacoeur (Heartbreaker)

    L'Arnacoeur (Heartbreaker)

  • Gemma Bovery

    Gemma Bovery

  • Grand Central

    Grand Central

  • Mon Roi

    Mon Roi

  • Souvenir

    Souvenir

  • Pause

    Pause

  • La Belle Époque

    La Belle Époque

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La Belle Époque
La Belle Époque
Victor, a cartoonist, is thrown out by his wife, Marianne, more because of her late life crisis than anything he has or hasn't done. But Victor's son, Maxime, has bought his father an 'experience'. Antoine, a childhood friend of Maxime, stages detailed re-enactment of any chosen period, using actors to recreate the scene. Victor's experience will be the time when he met the love of his life in a café in Lyons, La Belle Époque, on May 16 1974.

Antoine, who also directs these re-enactments, is a perfectionist, insisting that every last detail is correct. And as the scene unwinds he and his assistants are there to provide prompts to the actors, should they stray from the script or have forgotten a fact or two. Meanwhile Victor's sketches of the original encounter provide the details of the setting.

The actress who will play Victor's love interest, Margot, is in somewhat of a tempestuous relationship with Antoine, and is prone to straying from the agreed lines. But as Victor's special day is re-enacted each day over a week, he starts to fall for Margot, who for her part offers perhaps too much encouragement. At least that's what Antoine thinks, much to his annoyance.

As Victor becomes more and more enthralled he needs money to extend his experience. His son has employed him, and reluctantly agrees an advance on his salary. And there's always the holiday home in Biarritz!

Of course the magic is, and will remain an illusion. But sometimes a little magic can sprinkle itself on to others and who knows what that might lead to? Meanwhile Marianne's 'new life' with François, her therapist, isn't working out quite as she planned.

A charming romantic comedy with Daniel Auteuil as Victor and Fanny Ardent as his beautiful if unreasonable wife. Doria Tiller plays Margot and it isn't difficult to understand why Victor falls in love with her.
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