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Bright Days Ahead (2014)

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For recent retiree Caroline (Fanny Ardant, 8 WOMEN, CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS), a new life of freedom and opportunity lies before her: time to take care of her children, her husband, and most of all, to finally take care of herself. But while her peers at the local seniors' club pass the time with ceramics and amateur theater, she finds a new hobby of her own between the sheets with the center's computer teacher Julien (Laurent Lafitte, LITTLE WHITE LIES), a carefree ladies man decades her junior. The couple set rules for their affair, but 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, THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY) that could easily be discovered. As Caroline finds herself in the midst a second youth - taking a new lover, living new experiences, breaking the rules, not doing what's expected of her - will her retirement mark the beginning of the end for her marriage, or a new beginning?(C) Tribeca

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Cast

Fanny Ardant
as Caroline
Emilie Caen
as Hostess
Claire Castillon
as Professor of Pottery
Francis Leplay
as Professor of Oenology
Hortense Gelinet
as Englishwoman
Sylvie Degryse
as Ségolène
Eric LeBlanc
as Richard
Marie Boissard
as Christine
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Critic Reviews for Bright Days Ahead

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (10)

This engaging French comedy has Fanny Ardant in Mrs Robinson mode as an improbably glamorous retired dentist who has an affair with a younger man.

June 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

To the film's credit, no one finds the age gap that scandalous, but that doesn't mean it doesn't matter. These are people at very different places in life.

June 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Don't hold your breath, or your heart: it's not exactly Brief Encounter. But Ardant has the moves. It's the younger cast members who must struggle to keep up.

June 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Ardant gives a performance you just want to bask in, glowing with desire and desirability while avoiding cougarish mother-figure clichés.

June 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

We've seen variations on the character before. But Fanny Ardant's performance as the straitlaced wife ... is insightful and note-perfect.

June 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Ardant might wrestle with alienation, but Bright Days Ahead never risks alienating its self-satisfied target audience.

May 8, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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