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Bright Days Ahead review

Stylish adulterers and beautiful women d’un certain âge are two things that French cinema does rather well – and Marion Vernoux’s film offers both. Fanny Ardant ( 8 Women ) is Caroline, a retired dentist stuck in a comfortable but unexciting marriage who decides to take computer lessons – and falls for her much younger instructor ( Tell No One ’s Laurent Lafitte).

It’s all a tad slight and glossy, but the performances redeem it: especially Patrick Chesnais as Caroline’s husband, wounded but dignified when he discovers what his adored wife is really up to, and above all Ardant whose glowing presence effortlessly commands the screen.

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