World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Belle Époque (film)

Article Id: WHEBN0002580873
Reproduction Date:

Title: Belle Époque (film)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: José Luis Alcaine, Ariadna Gil, All About My Mother, List of Academy Award winners and nominees for Best Foreign Language Film, Fernando Trueba
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Belle Époque (film)

Belle Époque
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Produced by Fernando Trueba
Written by Rafael Azcona
José Luis García Sánchez
Fernando Trueba
Starring Jorge Sanz
Penélope Cruz
Fernando Fernán Gómez
Miriam Díaz Aroca
Ariadna Gil
Maribel Verdú
Music by Antoine Duhamel
Guillermo Fernández-Shaw
Federico Romero
Cinematography José Luis Alcaine
Edited by Carmen Frías
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Release dates
  • 4 December 1992 (1992-12-04)
Running time
109 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Box office $5.4 million (United States)[1]

Belle Époque is a 1992 Spanish film directed by Fernando Trueba. The title doesn't 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 Époque 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]


  • Plot 1
  • Critical reception 2
  • Cast 3
  • Awards 4
  • Nominations 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


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 but with each one 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 only attracted to Fernando 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 him 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 but eventually Fernando realizes that she is the best one of the four to marry.

Critical reception

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




See also


  1. ^ "Belle Époque".  
  2. ^ "The 66th Academy Awards (1994) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Berlinale: 1993 Programme". Retrieved 2011-05-30. 

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from School eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.