Belle Epoque (1992)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Spain/Portugal/France, 1992Animatógrafo, Eurimages, Fernando Trueba Producciones Cinematográficas, Lolafilms, Sogepaq.  Story by , , Fernando Trueba, Screenplay by Rafael Azcona.  Cinematography by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

An army deserter happens upon a farm that houses a man and his four daughters. Immediately offering him shelter, the old man has no idea what trouble he is inviting by introducing this young buck to four girls who have too little exposure to the male element. One by one the sisters seduce him until he finally finds the one that captures his heart. It’s a bit annoying that it’s the most docile that he likes most, but other than that this is a warm and witty comedy that some will cherish and others will forget. Features an early performance by a very young Penelope Cruz.

Academy Award:  Best Foreign Language Film

Berlin Film Festival:  In Competition

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