Bright Days Ahead / Les Beaux Jours


Director: Marion Vernoux
Cast: Fanny Ardant, Laurent Lafitte, Patrick Chesnais, Jean-François Stévenin
Country: France, 2013
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Duration: 94 minutes
Rating: TBC

Finally! Caroline has retired, at last. A new life lies before her: time to take care of her children, of her husband, and of herself, above all.

She soon comes to realise that this new freedom is synonymous with dreadful tedium. Especially when she receives for her birthday free membership to the neighbourhood’s senior club where ceramics and amateur theatre classes are the order of the day. Against her better judgment she accepts the gift and takes the plunge. Oddly enough, she meets great people there, starting with the young computer science teacher, who is far from being insensible to her charms…

Caroline will gradually take control of her life again and live a second youth: taking a new lover, living new experiences, breaking the rules, not doing what’s expected… Who said that retirement was the beginning of the end?

Starring French screen legend Fanny Ardant as soul-searching Caroline, Laurent Lafitte as her younger beau, and the superb Patrick Chesnais as her mildly suspicious husband, Bright Days Ahead is a warm and convincing portrait of love.