Bright Days Ahead

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A married dentist (Fanny Ardant) who has been forced into early retirement has an affair with a much-younger computer instructor (Laurent Lafitte).

Cast & Crew

Jean-François Stévenin
Roger
Fanny Cottençon
Chantal
Marie Rivière
Jocelyne
Marion Vernoux
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Fanny Chesnel
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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 | 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 clichs.

    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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