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Belle Epoque
(The Age of Beauty)
Spain/Portugal/France - 1992
Directed by Fernando Trueba


This film is really about the choices we make, and the repercussions that follow.   A deserter from the Nationalist Army during the Spanish Civil War of the 1930's is smitten by the four beautiful daughters of an eccentric artist that he has befriended.   He falls in love with each of them but must eventually choose. Delightfully photographed on location in Portugal, there are several interesting sub-plots to amuse oneself with even if the politically driven central plot becomes tedious.  The relationship between the artist and his opera singer wife is especially fun, when she returns home with her manager/lover for a family visit between concert tours.

Belle Epoque won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (1994), while virtually sweeping the Goya Awards (Spain's Academy Awards) in 1993, winning for Best Direction, Editing, Production Design and Screenplay Originally Written for the Screen, as well as for Best Film, Best Lead Actress (Ariadna Gil), Best Supporting Actress (Chus Lampreave) and Best Supporting Actor (Fernando Fernan Gomez).

Runtime:  109 minutes


Guest Comments

From:  "Allisen K."

Belle Epoque" is fantastic! Jorge Sanz was great! His facial expressions added so much to his character! Also, the 4 daughters were played with such detail to women's perspectives. All the actors in this film did a superb job.  I loved it! "


From:  "kie kie"

"I thought the movies was funny, but very stupid. i can not believe it got an Oscar. I guess if you are into sex and bad language. I think it was a disgraceful representation of spanish women!"


From:  "John Wilson"

"Belle Epoque is an excellent insight into rural life in Spain before the Spanish Civil War. I think that Fernando Fernan Gomez steals the film as the anarchistic artist father of the four girls. Superb direction by Trueba. It certainly deserves an Oscar!"


From:  "el anti-femenista"

"kie kie,  Poor representation of women? Have you actually seen Belle Epoque? If anything, the film places women in the sort of empowered position that would have been difficult for them to attain in the Spain of the 1930's. You seem to have allowed feminism to get in the way of a great movie. ?Viva Trueba!"

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