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Bright Days Ahead (2013)

Les beaux jours (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 19 June 2013 (France)
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The retired dentist Caroline attends a class for computer users. Although she is married, she falls in love with her significantly younger lecturer. It turns out he used to visit her ... See full summary »


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Fanny Chesnel (novel), Marion Vernoux (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fanny Ardant ... Caroline dite Caro
Laurent Lafitte ... Julien (as Laurent Lafitte de la Comédie Française)
Patrick Chesnais ... Philippe
Jean-François Stévenin Jean-François Stévenin ... Roger
Fanny Cottençon ... Chantal
Catherine Lachens ... Sylviane
Alain Cauchi Alain Cauchi ... Jacky
Marie Rivière ... Jocelyne dite Jojo
Marc Chapiteau Marc Chapiteau ... Hugues
Féodor Atkine ... Paul
Olivia Côte Olivia Côte ... Lydia - la prof de théâtre (as Olivia Cote)
Émilie Caen Émilie Caen ... L'hôtesse des Beaux Jours (as Emilie Caen)
Eléonore Bernheim Eléonore Bernheim ... Lise
Maud Le Guenedal Maud Le Guenedal ... Rebecca
Roman Tabar-Nouval Roman Tabar-Nouval ... Le petit Arthur


The retired dentist Caroline attends a class for computer users. Although she is married, she falls in love with her significantly younger lecturer. It turns out he used to visit her surgery because primarily in order to enjoy her view. Her husband finds out about her affair with this admirer. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance


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French | English

Release Date:

19 June 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bright Days Ahead See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,919, 27 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,059, 4 May 2014
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Swiss certificate # 1009.486. See more »


Around 00:33:14, Sarah is joining her hands. On the next shot, she's eating pizza. On the next shot, she's joining her hands again. See more »


Philippe: Have you looked at yourself?
Caroline: HE does the job of looking at me!
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Für Elise
(Lettre à Elise)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Could be brighter.
25 May 2015 | by tao902See all my reviews

A 60 year old woman has recently retired, is mourning the death of a close friend and is looking for meaning in her life. She is introduced to a 'seniors' club as a way of meeting people and participating in new activities. She initially shows little interest until the possibility of an affair with one of the organisers begins.

Nice idea for a screenplay, perhaps the screenplay was good, but the end product doesn't realise the potential. The film ultimately plays safe and succeeds only if it was aiming to be 'feel good'. Missed opportunities to become 'interesting' and 'unique' as well as 'bright'.

Some humorous moments but not enough for it to be a comedy. Some investigation of characters but not enough for it to be a drama.

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