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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 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

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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 »

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Don Luis: What I've joined on earth in heaven not separate even God!
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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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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less with the guy
9 November 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's the winter of 1930. The Spanish civil war is building. Fernando deserts the Army. After months of wandering the countryside, he gets arrested when he's found with a bible. The policemen argue about letting him go and get themselves killed. Fernando befriends the elderly Manolo who introduces him to his four beautiful daughters. Clara is still mourning her husband. Violeta is a lesbian. Rocío (Maribel Verdú) is being wooed by a young man from a rich family. The youngest Luz (Penélope Cruz) is the innocent. He has a fling with each one but they all fall apart in turn until Luz.

There is some fun to this movie. The main drawback is Fernando. It's no doubt that Jorge Sanz is a beautiful boy but he is a boy among women. By reason of the plot, he can't be the pursuer of the sisters. Time and time again, things happen to him instead of the other way around. It's also a bit of a male fantasy movie. The humor struggles to rise above the awkwardness. For example, the opening with the two policemen is gallows humor but the suicide is off-putting. It would be infinitely funnier if he simply slip away while the two men argued. I understand the humor but some of it struck me wrong. Overall, there is some fun and there are the four beautiful individual female characters.


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Country:

Spain | Portugal | France

Language:

Spanish | French

Release Date:

25 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Belle Epoque See more »

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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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