Belle Epoque (film)

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Belle Epoque
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFernando Trueba
Produced byFernando Trueba
Written byRafael Azcona
José Luis García Sánchez
Fernando Trueba
StarringJorge Sanz
Penélope Cruz
Fernando Fernán Gómez
Miriam Díaz Aroca
Ariadna Gil
Maribel Verdú
Music byAntoine Duhamel
Guillermo Fernández-Shaw
Federico Romero
CinematographyJosé Luis Alcaine
Edited byCarmen Frías
Distributed bySony Pictures Classics
Release date
  • 4 December 1992 (1992-12-04)
Running time
109 minutes
Box office$5.4 million (United States)[1]

Belle Epoque is a 1992 Spanish comedy-drama film directed by Fernando Trueba. The title does not derive from the period in French history known as the Belle Époque ("The Beautiful Era") but from the days before the Spanish Civil War. Belle Epoque received the Goya Award for Best Film along with eight other Goya Awards and was named Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards.[2]


The year is 1931. Spain is politically divided between Republicans and Traditionalists and on the verge of the Spanish Second Republic. Fernando, a young soldier, deserts. He befriends Manolo (Fernando Fernán Gómez), an old man with a large house in the country. Fernando meets and is enchanted by Manolo's four daughters. As he meets each of the first three one by one, he falls in love and has sex with each of them, determining to marry. With each one, however, a complication arises: Clara (Miriam Díaz-Aroca), a widow who only recently lost her husband and who seeks solace with Fernando; Violeta (Ariadna Gil), a lesbian who is attracted to Fernando only when he is dressed as a woman for a costume ball and Rocío (Maribel Verdú), a social climber who is about to marry into a royalist family for the security it would provide and who only momentarily succumbs to Fernando's charms. Heartbroken each time, the father of the girls encourages Fernando to have patience. Each of the daughters is beautiful and represents a different aspect of feminine sexuality. The youngest of the family, Luz (Penélope Cruz), represents naïveté. While Fernando is pursuing her sisters, Luz gets progressively angry and jealous. Eventually Fernando realizes, however, that Luz is the best one of the four to marry.


Critical reception[edit]

Belle Epoque received positive reviews getting a 93% on rottentomatoes.com. The film is mentioned in the 2010 American film The Fighter.



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Belle Epoque". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  2. ^ "The 66th Academy Awards (1994) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1993 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2011-05-30.

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