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Belle Epoque (The Age of Beauty)

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Original title
Belle Époque aka
  • Belle Epoque
Running time
108 min.
Spain Spain
Rafael Azcona (Story: Rafael Azcona, Fernando Trueba, José Luis García Sánchez)
Antoine Duhamel
José Luis Alcaine
Fernando Trueba P.C., Lolafilms, Sogepaq, Eurimages, Animatógrafo
Comedy. Romance | 1930s
Synopsis / Plot
The sultry Spanish countryside, 1931. The monarchy is ending, and the army and church reign supreme over Spanish life. In this tumultuous world, a young soldier Fernando (Jorge Sanz), decides to desert the army in hopes of finding a more pleasant way to live and seeks refuge on the farm of widowed Manolo. When the farmers four beautiful daughters arrive (including Penelope Cruz), in turn they use their own unique charms to seduce (and instruct!) the handsome, exhausted yet willing young soldier. One particularly memorable tip requires a clean handkerchief! A charming, idyllic period comedy of young love and loving.
1994: BAFTA: Best Foreign Language Picture
1993: Oscar: Best Foreign Language Picture
1993: Berlin Film Festival: Official Selection
1992: 9 Goya Awards, including Best Movie, Director, Actress (Ariadna Gil)
1992: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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