La Belle Époque (2019)

Ten years ago, a man created a company based on a vision. What if a company could provide you with an experience that allowed you to relive a moment in time, recreated just the way you remembered with professional actors playing parts around you? These actors would be completely in character, even having the exact character quirks as people you recall and memorised lines- all done to give you the most realistic experience possible. The company running this operation owns many studios and charges a hefty price to provide the experience, but business is booming. Perhaps you would like to visit the past during World War II or The Middle Ages. Or perhaps you would like to recreate a moment in time when you felt true love.

Victor Drumond (Daniel Auteuil) is currently leading a very unhappy life and is not in sync with the present day. Victor is unemployed and has been for the last four years while he has been attempting to publish a comic book with no real success. He attends a family dinner party one evening and even falls asleep out of boredom. Victor expresses frustrations when he sees many others around him consistently embracing technology. Instead, he would prefer people just lead a simple life which includes reading books and having real one on one conversations.

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To make matters worse, Victor’s wife is sick of him to the point she kicks him out. Victor now has no job and no home to go to. But luckily, he recalls a gift given to him when he recently caught up with family- the gift of being able to re-create any time of his choice. While down on his luck, Victor decides to redeem this present and relive a moment from the past which impacted him greatly.

Leading performances here are wonderful and I was completely convinced by the film’s characters and the situation they find themselves in. When you hear of a company re-creating certain moments in time, I think of previous films like Total Recall or The Truman Show. While that concept may seem familiar, this film manages to introduce new concepts and creativity to the screen which I found extremely pleasing and unexpected. Filming and Visuals were also pleasing with zero complaints from me.

As for any negatives I can only confess there were a couple of minor details. Most likely I found these minor elements negative due to personal reasons. I did feel the film’s runtime ever so slightly, but once the film’s ending was revealed, I understood why the film took the pace that it did. Once I could reflect on the whole film it felt rewarding and not disappointing. Another element was the overuse of sexual references which all felt unnecessary in the film.

Overall, La Belle Époque is a creative and fun film. To my surprise, it is also an incredibly touching film which impacted me greatly, particularly in the film’s final moments (yes, I may have cried a little). The film’s concept and plot seems familiar at first, but it is quite new and creative, plus it combines elements of romance, comedy, and drama. Even when I felt the film’s duration ever so slightly, based on the ending, it was certainly worth the build-up and I felt rewarded. A film like this is quite rare and it promises to leave you with a smile on your face while exiting the dark cinema.

8.4/10

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Monolith (2022)

A mysterious man opens the film with a narrative, telling viewers how he wants to share a secretive story, revealing that there was something different about his family when he was a young child. In this story, he shares critical details of a stalker who claims to be...

The Crime is Mine (2023)

The film opens with an upset and frustrated woman named Madeleine (Nadia Tereszkiewicz), who is leaving a luxury house and walking home. Returning home to her roommate, Pauline (Rebecca Marder), Madeleine reveals that her audition for the upcoming performance was a...

Bring Him to Me (2023)

A skilled getaway driver (Barry Pepper) receives an unexpected phone call from a ruthless crime boss named Veronica (Rachel Griffiths). The getaway driver is told to drive to a bus stop outside a local hardware store and pick up a passenger (Jamie Costa). This...

Mercy Road (2023)

With a story all set on one night, we first meet Tom (Luke Bracey) when he is dashing to his truck and urgently driving off. Tom is panicking and frantically trying to run away as quickly as possible, hoping nobody nearby sees him. While driving, Tom attempts to call...

V/H/S/85 (2023)

Welcome back to the most remarkable period ever (well, in my opinion): the '80s. V/H/S/85 serves as the sixth instalment in the popular V/H/S series, where viewers are introduced to various segments (or short films), all played directly from a mysterious videotape....

Interview: Nathan Phillips / Wolf Creek (2005)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of chatting with Nathan Phillips, lead actor of Wolf Creek (2005), which is Now Available on Blu-ray thanks to Via Vision Entertainment. Are you a lover of horror films in general? If so, what are...

Wolf Creek (2005)

After a creepy warning that the film is based on actual events, viewers are informed that thirty thousand people are reported missing in Australia annually. Thankfully, ninety per cent of them are found within a month, but some are never seen again. We are then...

Totally Killer (2023)

Thirty-five years ago, in 1987, three women were brutally murdered in a suburb known as North Vernon. Each victim was stabbed sixteen times. The newspaper named the killer "Sweet 16," and witnesses had spotted the ruthless murderer wearing all black and a mask. In the...

Oink (2022)

As Babs (Hiba Ghafry) tells her best friend while they’re shopping, she wants nothing more for her birthday than a cute puppy dog. After this revelation, Babs and her best friend shop for various ingredients to cook pancakes with the family. They must stop at the...

The Retaliators (2021)

Set in New Jersey, the film begins with the introduction of John Bishop (Michael Lombardi), a respectable pastor within his community. John is a single father of two daughters, Sarah (Katie Kelly) and Rebecca (Abbey Hafer). As pastor and father, John keeps his body in...

The Origin of Evil (2022)

Stéphane (Laure Calamy) is a forty-five-year-old woman living without a husband and never having children. Every day, she works at a fish cannery in Fos-sur-Mer. Given her current age, lifestyle and the challenges she's facing in the present day, including someone...

The Mean One (2022)

It was a beautiful evening on Christmas Eve until a young child named Cindy heard a noise downstairs. Cindy discovered a stranger wearing a Christmas suit, and she wasn't frightened, not one bit, even though the person in the costume was, in fact, some green monster....

Spooky Halloween (2022)

The film opens on October 31st, during a year that occurred a long time ago. We see a man named Alec Windsor (Christopher Lloyd) visiting Sacred Hearts, a home for Wayward Children, delivering a final notice and claiming their land now belongs to him. The previous...

Tom Cruise: The Last Movie Star (2023)

I'd be astonished if you'd never heard of the legendary actor Tom Cruise. In the present day, the name Tom Cruise means everything. For some, he was a heartthrob discovered in the 80s with his boyish charms, or perhaps you consider him one of the most incredible...

Saw X (2023)

John Kramer (Tobin Bell), aka Jigsaw, has been informed that he only has a few months to live due to cancer. Desperate for a miracle and a cure, John hears about a medical treatment that may change his life, healing his body completely. After researching, John decides...

The Creator (2023)

Introducing a future where humans are the highest form of artificial intelligence is at war. Here, we follow Joshua (John David Washington), an ex-special forces soldier with a tragic past. Joshua continues to grieve over the disappearance of his wife, whom he...

The Cost (2022)

It was supposed to be an easy journey coming home after a long day at work for Stephanie (Nicole Pastor); instead, her body was found dead near a city river. From this opening credit scene, we are introduced to three different men. First, we see Dave (Jordan...

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

"Bobby Fischer was a man unlike any other. He is known for his quick smarts and fast-paced skills surrounding all things related to chess. It's unknown why, but one day, Bobby Fischer vanished, and no one knew where he went. Did he die, or perhaps he went into hiding?...

Dirty Dancing (1987)

Set during the bright summer of 1963, we follow a seventeen-year-old named Baby (Jennifer Grey). Baby and her family are travelling to a popular resort in the Catskills. We learn instantly that Baby's world is filled with promise and greatness. Family life is also...

Creed III (2023)

After a smashing career in the boxing world, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) has hung up his gloves and is currently living a retired life. He resides with his wife, Bianca (Tessa Thompson), and his young daughter, Amara (Mila Davis-Kent). Each day, Adonis mentors...

Three Chords and the Truth (2022)

Inspired by Real Events. Angie (Jackie Marshall) once had the opportunity to be an all-time famous musician, but instead, she made hasty choices that interfered with her goals. Angie currently has bone cancer, which she has been fighting for much of her life. To get...

Interview: Jee-woon Kim / Cobweb (2023)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of attending the global press conference for Cobweb! We were also delighted to ask the director and writer Jee-woon Kim some questions about his new film, which is available in Australian Cinemas...

Interview: Song Kang-ho / Cobweb (2023)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of attending the global press conference for Cobweb! We were also delighted to ask the lead actor Song Kang-ho some questions about his new film, which is available in Australian Cinemas from...

Cobweb (2023)

Set in the 1970s, we follow a well-known film Director named Kim (Song Kang-ho), who is currently working on his new movie Cobweb. After having recurring dreams that are impossible to forget, Kim decides that a reshoot of Cobweb's ending is a must in order to make the...

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie (2023)

The PAW Patrol are back, but this time, you'll see them like you've never seen them before! The film opens at a junkyard where two workers encounter a mysterious person stealing a highly powerful magnet customarily used to lift and move various scraps. We soon learn...

It Lives Inside (2023)

Teenager Sam (Megan Suri) has a challenging life. At school, she constantly struggles to fit in and make new friends. There are some frustrations in her home life, too. After getting ready for school one day, Sam's mother reminds her that they are to prepare a meal...

Blue Beetle (2023)

At a top-secret, mysterious dig site, we meet Victoria Kord (Susan Sarandon), a wealthy CEO of a tech company known as Kord Industries. Victoria is searching for a rare Scarab artefact with alien technology inside it. With this artifact, she will step closer to...

A Haunting in Venice (2023)

After solving many murder mysteries, Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is now living a life of retirement. Living in a quiet home in Venice, Poirot often finds people lined up at his door, pleading for his help and problem-solving skills. However, he refuses to assist...

Leap (2020)

Opening with the 2008 Beijing Olympics, we follow the match for gold between China and USA. This match alone has over three hundred million viewers watching the game live. But it's not just another game for the coaches Chen (Bo Huang) and Lang Ping, aka the Iron...

Interview: Pierce Berolzheimer / Crabs! (2021)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of chatting with Pierce Berolzheimer, director, writer and one of the producers of Crabs! (2021), which is Now Available on Screambox. Are you a lover of all things relating to horror? If so, do you...

97 Minutes (2023)

Oceanic Flight 420 is travelling from Heathrow to JFK over the North Atlantic Ocean. The flight is going smoothly until a mysterious group of men hijack the plane using firearms. Meanwhile, at the National Security Agency, the staff discovered the plane's transponder...

Shin Ultraman (2023)

Set in Japan, an attack occurs when a Kaiju appears unexpectedly. The government and the special task force have successfully fought and defeated many monsters in the past (and believe me, there have been quite a few of them!). But this new Kaiju is different and can...

How to Blow Up a Pipeline (2022)

The film opens with an introduction to multiple characters, including Xochitl (Ariela Barer), Logan (Lukas Gage), Alisha (Jayme Lawson), Michael (Forrest Goodluck) and more. Each character is linked to the others by one significant connection: they are a small crew of...

Interview: Joe Lo Truglio / Outpost (2022)

Walkden Entertainment (aka Peter Walkden) had the honour and pleasure of chatting with Joe Lo Truglio, director, writer and one of the producers of Outpost (2022), which is Available on major streaming platforms in UK & Ireland from September 11 and Australia...

The Nun II (2023)

The Conjurverse expands yet again with "The Nun II," inviting audiences to another haunting cinematic experience. Serving as the ninth entry in a seemingly endless line of Conjuring tales, one might wonder if the scare well is running dry. Ah, who am I kidding? Keep...