Bright Days Ahead

"I remember you when you were this tall."
“I remember you when you were this tall.”

Original title: Les beaux jours

Newly retired dentist Caroline (Fanny Ardant – a French screen legend with a great drag-queen name) reluctantly joins a centre offering activities to help fill the empty hours of the elderly. Quelle horreur! The activity she finally chooses is shagging the IT trainer, who’s about 30 years younger than she.

In Hollywood hands this would probably be more histrionic and star someone less naturally well preserved than Ardant, but the French treatment is more chilled out.

The result is an amiable comedy with low-key messages about honesty in relationships and making the most of your time on this planet. 7/10

Released from March 7, 2014 as part of the 2014 French film festival.

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