June 19, 2014 3:43 pm

Bright Days Ahead – film review

Fanny Ardant is the scene-stealing star of Marion Vernoux’s film
Fanny Ardant and Patrick Chesnais in 'Bright Days Ahead'

Fanny Ardant and Patrick Chesnais in 'Bright Days Ahead'

Fanny Ardant looks fantastic in Marion Vernoux’s Bright Days Ahead (Les Beaux Jours). That big-jawed, full-lipped face, a little scary in its beauty, receives an extended charisma lease helped by ash-blonde hair and a kilo or so of mascara. She and her character are sixtyish, but love doesn’t end for the brave. She romances the hunky, fortyish boss of a seniors’ club. Will hubby take her back after straying? Don’t hold your breath, or your heart: it’s not exactly Brief Encounter. But Ardant has the moves. It’s the younger cast members who must struggle to keep up.


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