Synopsis by Hal Erickson
After striking a responsive chord at the Berlin Film Festival, Fernando Trueba's Belle Epoque (aka Age of Beauty) went on to win 9 Spanish Goya awards and an Academy Award for "Best Foreign Film." Set in pre-Franco Spain, film stars Jorge Sanz as Fernando, a carefree, pacifistic army deserter. Wandering about the countryside, Fernando is welcomed into home of the wealthy Don Manolo (Fernando Fernan Gomez). Far from upset by the boy's AWOL status, Manolo is delighted because he shares Fernando's political philosophies. What follows is sheer heaven for the peaceloving lad, who sits smilingly on the sidelines as Manolo's four voluptuous daughters (Adrian Gil, Maribel Verdu, Miriam Diaz-Aroca, and Penelope Cruz) literally fight for his attentions.
celebration, ceremony, church, couple, desertion, dilemma, father, handsome, hideout, lesbianism, love, lover, marriage, mother, naivete, obsession, priest, radical, rebel, romance, schoolteacher, sex, sexuality, sister, soldier, songwriter, Spain, suicide, train-station, war
High Artistic Quality, High Production Values