Bright Days Ahead (2014)

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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. The couple set rules for their affair, but Caroline seems to like courting danger, taking her lover to places she knows they might be seen and telling lies to her husband (Patrick Chesnais, THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY) that could easily be discovered. As Caroline finds herself in the midst a second youth - taking a new lover, living new experiences, breaking the rules, not doing what's expected of her - will her retirement mark the beginning of the end for her marriage, or a new beginning?(C) Tribeca

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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.

Jun 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.

Jun 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…

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

May 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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…

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.

Apr 24, 2014 | Full Review…

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