Passport to World Cinema Series: Bright Days Ahead

Levitt Auditorium

Presented by the School of Film and the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), the "Passport to World Cinema" monthly film series features the past year's strongest cinema from around the globe. Each of the screenings – shown on 35mm film when possible – will include a notable international film title from the recent film festival circuit and a post-screening talkback led by a local film connoisseur. Screenings are $5 for the general public and free to both University of the Arts ID holders and PFS members.

This month features "Bright Days Ahead." For recent retiree Caroline (Fanny Ardant: “8 Women,” “Confidentially Yours”), a new life of freedom and opportunity lies before her: time to take care of her children, her husband and most of all, to finally take care of herself. But while her peers at the local seniors’ club pass the time with ceramics and amateur theater, she finds a new hobby of her own between the sheets with the center’s computer teacher Julien (Laurent Lafitte: “Little White Lies”), a carefree ladies man decades her junior. The couple set rules for their affair, but Caroline seems to like courting danger, taking her lover to places she knows they might be seen and telling lies to her husband (Patrick Chesnais: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) that could easily be discovered. As Caroline finds herself in the midst a second youth – taking a new lover, living new experiences, breaking the rules, not doing what’s expected of her – will her retirement mark the beginning of the end for her marriage, or a new beginning?

Speaker: Steven Rea
Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays and on his blog. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and author of Hollywood Rides a Bike: Cycling with the Stars.

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