Bright Days Ahead (Les beaux jours, France, 2013)

Does age matter?

Does age matter?

It’s rare for any medium to deal with a sexual relationship between an old woman and a younger man (The Mother, UK, 2003, springs to mind) and Bright Days Ahead would be welcomed if only on the basis that it breaks the rule that old woman are not sexy. Of course it helps that it is Fanny Ardant in the role of the older seducer but the film doesn’t skimp upon the travails of extra-marital affairs where age is an issue. The film relies upon performances to keep it afloat and all the principals are excellent but it is Ardant the sticks in the mind.

2 Responses

  1. I’m surprised that you didn’t mention that the director is Marion Vernoux and that she wrote the script with the original novelist Fanny Chesnel. In a film made by women the sex is usually more ‘realistically’ represented on screen in my experience.

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