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Belle Epoque (1992)

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A 1931 Spanish military deserter finds himself on a lonely farm until the farmer's four daughters pay a visit and he falls for all of them.

Director:

Fernando Trueba

Writers:

Rafael Azcona (screenplay), Rafael Azcona (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penélope Cruz ... Luz
Miriam Díaz-Aroca ... Clara
Gabino Diego ... Juanito
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Manolo
Michel Galabru ... Danglard
Ariadna Gil ... Violeta
Agustín González ... Don Luis
Chus Lampreave ... Doña Asun
Mary Carmen Ramírez ... Amalia
Jorge Sanz ... Fernando
Maribel Verdú ... Rocío
Juan José Otegui ... El cabo
Jesús Bonilla ... El número
María Galiana ... La Polonia
Joan Potau ... Paco (as Juan Potau)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Juanito comes to serenade Rocìo, he sings "Las Mañanitas" which in México is used to celebrate a birthday instead of the classic "Happy Birthday To You". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Juanito:
  • You know what? We don't have to get married. In the Republic there will be free love.

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Connections

Featured in La silla de Fernando (2006) See more »

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Las manñanitas del rey David
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Lovely film is like an onion
20 March 2003 | by icknaySee all my reviews

Belle Epoque has many layers. At it's core is a romance which is surrounded and disguised by a classic sex farce that is itself enveloped by a philosophical tale all wrapped up in a bittersweet historical setting. Spain is, as throughout it's history, in a political struggle. In this case, a battle between the dying monarchy and the emergent republic which is,as these things go, a mild one leaving most Spaniards to enjoy their lives during this "Belle Epoque". Those familiar with it's history know that this is the short calm before the storm of the Spanish Civil War in which the Republic is replaced by the Fascist dictatorship of Franco through a bloody war. My favorite setpiece is the dance where Violeta wears Fernando's uniform and dresses him in a ball gown and wig; the rest must be seen to be believed! A lovely film! And why the devil isn't it on DVD!?


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Country:

Spain | Portugal | France

Language:

Spanish | French

Release Date:

25 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,418,216

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,418,216
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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