Bright Days Ahead

Bright Days Ahead

Bright Days Ahead

A married woman in her 60s (French icon and veteran of over 70 movies, Fanny Ardant) retires and, when her new found freedom turns to boredom, strolls into an affair with a much younger man. Described by the Toronto Film Festival as a drama "about erotic reawakening and the renewal of one's sense of self".

"Having recently relieved herself of a career in dentistry - "If you have to give something up, you might as well do it on a whim," she says - sexagenarian retiree Caroline (Ardant) decides to try out the membership to a seniors' club her daughters recently gave her as a gift. But the club's activities seem geared to infantilise its participants, and Caroline aborts the venture after only a brief sampling. One thing, though, has caught her interest: Julien (Laurent Lafitte), the club's handsome computer instructor, an unabashed womaniser roughly half her age. Julien brazenly flirts with Caroline during an impromptu lunch date, and soon after they tumble into a full-on affair. Rules are set, yet Caroline seems to like courting danger, taking her lover to places she knows they might be seen and telling lies to her husband (Patrick Chesnais) that could easily be discovered."

2013Rating: M, Sex scenes,offensive language and drug use94 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaRomanceWorld Cinema

Reviews & comments

Couldnt wait for it to end

the only thing i can give this movie credit for was the husband's incredibly realistic reaction (despiite his resigned reconciliation, perhaps tentative, with his wife in the ed) and also the realism of the continual breakups between Ardant and her lover -- no drama and big fights, just the irresistability of saying you're fed up and done, and then going...

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Variety

Variety

press

Lame humor and underdeveloped drama plague this trite tale.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Thoughtful and touching old age dramedy features strong performances from a seasoned cast.

Variety

Variety

press

Lame humor and underdeveloped drama plague this trite tale.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Thoughtful and touching old age dramedy features strong performances from a seasoned cast.

Couldnt wait for it to end

the only thing i can give this movie credit for was the husband's incredibly realistic reaction (despiite his resigned reconciliation, perhaps tentative, with his wife in the ed) and also the realism of the continual breakups between Ardant and her lover -- no drama and big fights, just the irresistability of saying you're fed up and done, and then going...

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