BY MIRIAM RINN
The baby-boom generation in France is just as anxious about its diminishing sexual allure as we are here in the U.S., so the French get films such as “Bright Days Ahead” just as we get assorted middle-aged romances with well preserved screen beauties like Annette Bening and Susan Sarandon. Here, a glamorous Fanny Ardant (“The Woman Next Door” and many more) plays the role of the sexually adventurous older woman who starts an exciting affair with a much younger man and has to decide what she wants when her husband finds out.
It may be France’s generous social safety net, but the group of seniors at the retirement activity center Ardant’s character Caroline attends seem far too young to be retired. The center, called Bright Days Ahead, attracts a vigorous crowd who are all involved in ceramics, birding, drama, and lots of other pursuits. No walkers or canes in sight.