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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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