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|Original title:||Lá belle époque|
|Genre:||Comedy, Drama, Romance|
|Production country:||Frankreich 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 115 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
One time Victor (Daniel Auteuil) was a creative genius, a man you could look up to admiring. But now, especially for his wife Marianne (Fanny Ardant) and his son Maxime (Michaël Cohen), he is just a nuisance, who has something to complain about. While Marianne has long since fled into an affair, Maxime looks for another way to free his father from his stubbornness of old age. He invites Victor, with the help of his friend Antoine (Guillaume Canet)'s company "Time Travellers", to travel back to a time of his choice. In a film studio this should then be reproduced absolutely authentically. Victor agrees and chooses the evening in 1974 when he fell in love with Marianne. In scenery and under spotlights, he can now indulge in memories once more, whereby the actress Margot (Doria Tillier), who plays the young Marianne for him, also helps him. And while for Victor the boundaries between then and now are becoming more and more blurred, he seems to actually find his old fire again…
Many people are probably wondering what it would be like to experience a certain moment of their past again. To feel once again a special feeling that seems to have long since been forgotten, to visit once again a place that no longer exists. Wouldn't that be nice? Or should one rather let the past rest in order not to destroy the beautiful memories? The most beautiful time of our life" pursues this question in a wonderfully playful way. The mixture of quiet drama and light comedy is a bit permeated by the spirit of the "Truman Show" and shows us that sometimes you have to look back to appreciate your present life and the people in it.
Addicted, sometimes the film seems a bit overloaded. The storyline around Antoine, who gives everything to make other people happy and seems to be incapable of feeling real feelings or something like romance, sometimes takes up too much space, whereby the more interesting part of the story is catapulted into the background. Apart from that, Nicolas Bedos has made a really nice movie, that's not only really funny, but also really heart-warming. Yes, like the world "Time Travellers" creates for its clients, the film sometimes seems constructed and too beautiful to be true. However, in its very own way "The most beautiful time of our lives" manages perfectly that you as a viewer can let yourself go and simply forget reality for almost two hours. And for that one takes nevertheless also some inconsistencies very gladly in purchase.
In addition the film stimulates also to thinking, because one asks oneself when watching inevitably, which moment from one's own life one would like to have reconstructed again, which humans one would like to see again perhaps once again or which error one would make good again. And maybe in the end there will even be the personal realization that it is never too late to refresh old acquaintances, to apologize or to find something that makes life exciting and simply worth living even in the last few meters. If you like light French comedies and charming feel-good cinema, this is the place for you. Absolutely worth seeing!
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