Belle Epoque (1992)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  25 February 1994 (USA)
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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:
Miriam Díaz-Aroca ...
Gabino Diego ...
Fernando Fernán Gómez ...
Michel Galabru ...
Agustín González ...
Chus Lampreave ...
Mary Carmen Ramírez ...
Jorge Sanz ...
Juan José Otegui ...
Jesús Bonilla ...
El número
María Galiana ...
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 <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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


ESP 849,853,303 (Spain)

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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 »


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A Simple, Delightful Film
24 September 1999 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Belle Epoque is a light, wistful romantic comedy, easy to watch, and easier to love. It is set in glorious pre-Franco Spain and is as beautifully filmed as it is written and acted.

The story entails (in a nutshell) a young army deserter who befriends an older man who is an artist and a self-proclaimed anarchist. The old man has four beautiful daughters and film carries you along as our young hero falls in love with each in order.

Belle Epoque is one of those rare gems that does not stray from its purpose

  • to be a celebration of love and romance and comic tale of a young soldier

controlled by his libido. No violence, car chase scenes, drippy pre-packaged morality plays - just plain fun.

If you have not tried watching a sub-titled movie or have had little exposure to foreign films, start here. Belle Epoque is the best film I have seen out of Spain and an all-time personal favourite.

***1/2 out of ****.

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