Bright Days Ahead
Bright Days Ahead (2014)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 25, 2014
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)

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.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

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

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

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Jon Lyus

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"Bright Days Ahead" offers an interesting twist on the May-December romance.

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Katherine Vu
Village Voice

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.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

A fine performance from Fanny Ardant elevates Marion Vernoux's intriguing if rarely riveting study of late-life passion.

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