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Bright Days Ahead

Bright Days Ahead (2014)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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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.


Drama, Comedy

Marion Vernoux, Fanny Chesnel


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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (3)

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 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Ardant might wrestle with alienation, but Bright Days Ahead never risks alienating its self-satisfied target audience.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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"Bright Days Ahead" offers an interesting twist on the May-December romance.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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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.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

April 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

April 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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 Full Review Source: Independent

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.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys

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

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Bright Days is fairly lightweight stuff but Ardant's performance lends it conviction and poignancy.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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 Full Review Source: Guardian

A lightweight but sincere glimpse at starting life when many are ending it.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: It's Just Movies
It's Just Movies

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 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

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

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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.

June 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Scotsman

It's all a tad slight and glossy, but the performances redeem it ...

June 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Fitfully amusing and poignant in its insights into ageing, this cross-generational fling saga lacks the character and depth to say anything genuinely significant.

June 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Lead performance from Fanny Ardant is superbly measured, bringing an interesting internalization to an occasionally, but not crushingly, routine look at the power of flirtation.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source:

A French dramedy about the love affair that brings pleasure to a married 64 year old woman and a 41 year-old computer teacher.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Moves along predictable lines but does feature a glowing, Deneuveian performance from veteran screen star Fanny Ardant.

April 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian

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