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Bright Days Ahead
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We've seen variations on the character before. But Fanny Ardant's performance as the straitlaced wife ... is insightful and note-perfect."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The well-observed script touches on a number of everyday issues about the aging process - whether you're pushing 40 or passing 60 - that add a tender and enlightening layer to this engaging, leisurely paced film."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Bright Days is fairly lightweight stuff but Ardant's performance lends it conviction and poignancy."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"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."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Ardant might wrestle with alienation, but Bright Days Ahead never risks alienating its self-satisfied target audience."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Struggling to get out from under the film's too-cheery surface is a much more serious movie about grown-ups confronting the depredations of old age."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Bright Days Ahead is a fitting title for a story about one woman's transition at a turning point of her life where time is no longer her enemy, but her anchor."
‑ Jon Lyus, HeyUGuys
"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."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Guardian
"Ardant gives a performance you just want to bask in, glowing with desire and desirability while avoiding cougarish mother-figure clichés."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
""Bright Days Ahead" offers an interesting twist on the May-December romance."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"It's refreshing to see an optimistic story about an older woman who is funny, smart, and desirable, even if her happy life doesn't leave much room for conflict."
‑ Katherine Vu, Village Voice
"A fine performance from Fanny Ardant elevates Marion Vernoux's intriguing if rarely riveting study of late-life passion."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"A lightweight but sincere glimpse at starting life when many are ending it."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, It's Just Movies
"This is twinkly wish-fulfilment on stilts, presumably aimed at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel fanclub, but it manages some funny jabs at ageism, and it's lovely to see Ardant being funny, vibrant and desirable."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
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