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Movie Reviews — A fine romance: "Bright Days Ahead"

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Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 9:57 pm, Thu May 22, 2014.

Bright Days Ahead, drama, not rated, in French with subtitles, Center for Contemporary Arts, 2.5 chiles

Caroline (Fanny Ardant) is at loose ends. She’s a newly retired dentist and doesn’t know what to do with all her free time. She’s also grieving the recent death of her best friend from breast cancer. In hopes of lifting her spirits, her adult daughters give her a trial membership to a local senior center, but Caroline isn’t really ready for a life of pottery classes, table tennis, and tea parties. She sits in on an acting class while looking down her nose at the other students and the teacher. She walks out but, because of internet-access troubles at home, comes back the next day and signs up for a computer class. That’s where she meets the dashing instructor Julien (Laurent Lafitte), who’s not quite 40. After she helps him with some dental problems, he takes her out for a flirty, wine-soaked lunch, and pretty soon they’re fooling around in Caroline’s car and sneaking off to Julien’s office for a quickie.

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