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Belle Epoque (1992)

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In 1931, a young soldier (Fernando) deserts from the army and falls into a country farm, where he is welcomed by the owner (Manolo) due to his political ideas. Manolo has four daughters (... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Carmen Ramírez ...
Juan José Otegui ...
Jesús Bonilla ...
El número
La Polonia
Joan Potau ...
Paco (as Juan Potau)


In 1931, a young soldier (Fernando) deserts from the army and falls into a country farm, where he is welcomed by the owner (Manolo) due to his political ideas. Manolo has four daughters (Rocio, Violeta, Clara and Luz). Fernando likes all of them and they like him, so he has to decide which one to love. Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 February 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Belle Epoque  »

Box Office


$5,971,369 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When accepting his Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, director (Fernando Trueba) said: "I would like to believe in God in order to thank him for this prize, but I only believe in (Billy Wilder), so... Thank you, Mr. Wilder!". Wilder himself reportedly phoned Trueba a few days later for acknowledgment and told him: "Hello Fernando, I'm God". See more »


Amalia sings "En un pais de fábula" from Pablo Sorozábal's zarzuela "La tabernera del puerto". The situation of the movie is in early 1930s, whereas this zarzuela was first staged in 1936. See more »


Don Luis: What I've joined on earth in heaven not separate even God!
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Featured in La silla de Fernando (2006) See more »


En un país de fábula
(from La tabernera del puerto)
Written by Pablo Sorozábal (as Pablo Sorozabal), Guillermo Fernández Shaw and Federico Romero
Performed by Mary Carmen Ramírez
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Que belle pelicula
19 May 2002 | by (Arkansas) – See all my reviews

Wow, what a terrific movie. I didn't expect much. I'm watching the end at 4:40am in the morning, and wondering why I haven't seen this movie before. It has something that you'll only find in a Spanish film. A type of humor that is missing in American movies, or maybe, just doesn't work in English. I don't know. All I know is that the movie is tremendously humorous. The actors are all fantastic. Penelope Cruz is, well, Penelope Cruz, but otherwise the movie is wonderful. DO NOT MISS IT.

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