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Ardant might wrestle with alienation, but Bright Days Ahead never risks alienating its self-satisfied target audience.
Los Angeles Times:
The well-observed script touches on a number of everyday issues about the aging process - whether you're pushing 40 or passing 60 - that add a tender and enlightening layer to this engaging, leisurely paced film.
New York Times:
Struggling to get out from under the film's too-cheery surface is a much more serious movie about grown-ups confronting the depredations of old age.
We've seen variations on the character before. But Fanny Ardant's performance as the straitlaced wife ... is insightful and note-perfect.
It's refreshing to see an optimistic story about an older woman who is funny, smart, and desirable, even if her happy life doesn't leave much room for conflict.